MCPHEE AND SKINNER’S CHANCES TO SHINE
Britain has young blood in Grand Prix racing already. On the same day Cal Crutchlow broke the UK’S 35-yearold winless streak in the premier class, Scotsman John Mcphee, 22, also took his debut GP victory in the Moto3 class.
While Mcphee’s tenure in Moto3 has been tainted with misfortune, he’s looking to step things up next year on a factory Honda Moto3 bike in the new British Talent squad backed by Motogp organisers Dorna and run by the man who took Casey Stoner and Dani Pedrosa to the highest level of Grand Prix racing, Alberto Puig.
This new factory team is Mcphee’s chance to shine. 2016 will be his fifth full Moto3 season, and arguably his best shot on decent machinery.
With British Talent being a longterm project, MCN understands Rory Skinner has been told he could get a seat in the team – as it expands to two riders in 2018 – if he performs well in the 2017 Junior World series.
Mcphee took the Moto3 win at Brno in 2016