MCPHEE LEARNS FAST
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