MCPHEE LEARNS FAST

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Moto3 ace John Mcphee says heõs do­ing all he can to learn from Bri­tish Tal­ent Team men­tor and for­mer Grand Prix win­ner Jeremy Mcwil­liams Ð some­thing re­flected in Sun­dayõs re­sult when he made it two sec­ond places from two starts in 2017.

The Scots­manõs race in Ar­gentina was al­most an ex­act re­peat of the Qatar sea­son-opener, with only a small mis­take on the fi­nal lap deny­ing him the chance to chal­lenge Joan Mir for the win.

He said: ÒIT was nice to show that we can be strong at dif­fer­ent tracks. I had a few ideas go­ing into the race about how it would pan out and I knew I had to be in sec­ond on the fi­nal lap be­cause he was bet­ter on the brakes but I was stronger on cor­ner exit, and I had a plan to get along­side him and block pass him.

Òbut both of us went in way too deep, braked about 20 me­tres later than we had for the whole race, and I had to set­tle for sec­ond. If some­one had said to me at the start of the sea­son that IÕD have had two sec­ond po­si­tions af­ter two races IÕD have been de­lighted, but maybe itõs be­cause I know the po­ten­tial is there that IÕM a bit dis­ap­pointed. But we know we can win. Itõs only a mat­ter of time.ó

Mcphee is con­fi­dent that he can be a ti­tle con­tender all sea­son, espe- cially with the help of his new se­cret weapon Mcwil­liams, whoõs proven in­valu­able so far.

ÒHEÕS been a mas­sive help. Heõs been spot­ting on track for me, show­ing me ref­er­ences and things I should and should­nõt be do­ing. The good thing is that heõs not telling me how to ride the bike, just how to ride bet­ter.

ÒIÕM go­ing to be push­ing to try to have him along at more races, be­cause heõs been so help­ful, and thank­fully heõs head­ing to Austin be­cause itõs a track that Iõve never gone that well at. But there are a lot of ar­eas where you can im­prove and hav­ing him there will make a huge dif­fer­ence.ó

Brit Moto3 rider Mcphee is learn­ing much from coach Jeremy Mcwil­liams

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