MCPHEE SET FOR BT SPORT TEAM?
Rumours in the Moto3 paddock claim that Czech Grand Prix winner John Mcphee will link up with British broadcaster BT Sport to ride a Honda under the channelõs colours in the 2017 Moto3 championship.
The rumours suggest that Mcphee will be running in BT Sportõs livery as part of a one-rider team, potentially running factory-supported Hondas.
Speculated at for a number of weeks,
the move would bring BT Sport in line with other major broadcasters Sky in Italy and Movistar in Spain, who sponsor Rossiõs Moto3 team and the factory Yamaha Motogp squad respectively.
Mcphee has remained tight-lipped about his plans for the future, but speaking to sources within the paddock, MCN understands that plans for the squad are now at an advanced stage Ð and could be confirmed before the season is over.
However, they rely on the future of Motogpõs UK coverage with BT Sport, as the channel is also currently locked in negotiations with organisers Dorna about extending their current fiveyear contract, now in its third year, beyond 2019.
The story of Sundayõs race was a familiar one for Mcphee, though, as he battled against the deficiencies of the Saxoprint Peugeot machine. Taking a bad qualifying position in 29th, he recovered to 20th in the race Ð and was able to take some consolidation at his performance on the Frenchbranded Mahindra.
ÒIT was really the same story as weõve seen in the past - if we have a bad qualifying itõs difficult with this bike to come through the pack. I was riding with some fast guys, though, like Bagnaia, a race winner and one of the strongest Mahindras. It proves that our bike doesnõt really work at this track, because all the Mahindra and Peugeot riders were fighting together in one group!ó
‘All the Mahindra riders were fighting together in one group’ JOHN MCPHEE