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Two crashes, a bro­ken left in­dex fin­ger and a lowly 24th place didn’t dent John Mcphee’s op­ti­mism that the new Peu­geot pro­ject can be a com­pet­i­tive force in Moto3.

The Scot was 1.640s off Ro­mano Fenati’s quick­est lap of 1.46.445, but al­most 0.5s clear of team-mate Alexis Mas­bou in Jerez.

And while rav­ing about the Peu­geot’s ‘per­fect’ chas­sis, it is clear that more en­gine per­for­mance is needed to help Mcphee add to his one Moto3 podium scored in In­di­anapo­lis last Au­gust.

Mcphee, whose ma­chine is a Mahin­dra pack­age dressed up in Peu­geot liv­ery, said: “There is a lot of po­ten­tial. In the slow cor­ners I’m faster than I was on the Honda and han­dling and brak­ing sta­bil­ity is good.

“But we are def­i­nitely lack­ing ac­cel­er­a­tion. The en­gine pulls through quite strong in the slip­stream but when you are alone we are lack­ing. But I haven’t been on the full 2016 en­gine yet and I’m hop­ing we’ll have more per­for­mance with the fi­nal spec.”

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