MOTO3 MCPHEE MAKING PROGRESS
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.”