Mcphee delighted with factory Honda potential
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.”