Mcphee de­lighted with fac­tory Honda po­ten­tial

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Moto3 race-win­ner John Mcphee has come away from his first test of 2017 de­lighted with the po­ten­tial of his new fac­tory Honda ma­chine.

Now rid­ing for the Bri­tish Tal­ent Team set up around him by Mo­togp or­gan­is­ers Dorna and headed by tal­entspot­ter ex­traor­di­naire Alberto Puig, the Scots­man got the chance to com­plete his first laps of the year at Va­len­cia last week. It was the first time he’s rid­den a bike since his sea­son-end­ing crash at Phillip Is­land last year.

“I’ve came away happy and pos­i­tive, feel­ing about as good as could be. The new bike is great – the first 20 laps I did was with a big smile on my face. It does ev­ery­thing I ask it to do, and it made a big dif­fer­ence. We didn’t make many changes to it, to be hon­est. We left it fairly stan­dard be­cause I wanted to get laps done and get my­self back up to speed be­fore we went chang­ing any­thing. That’s what we fo­cused on.

“Last time I rode a Honda in 2015, I stuck it on pole twice out of the last three races! We know that when it all clicks that we can run at the front and that I have the pace, so although last year was a strug­gle it taught me to ride even harder and to be more pre­cise; it made me work more on what I had to do as a rider. Now that we’re on a Honda, it gives us a re­ally good chance.”

Mcphee is back in the sad­dle and on a fac­tory Honda

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