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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

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