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John Mcphee came away from the third round of the 2017 Moto3 cham­pi­onship pleased with his sev­enth place fin­ish – even if the re­sult doesn’t quite live up to the high stan­dards he’s al­ready set him­self this sea­son af­ter tak­ing a pair of sec­ond place fin­ishes in the open­ing races.

Al­ways know­ing that this week­end would be per­haps the tough­est on the cal­en­dar for him and his British Tal­ent Team Honda, Mcphee was still able to see the pos­i­tives.

The 2016 Czech GP win­ner said: “It could have been worse, and af­ter the way the week­end panned out it could have been a very dif­fi­cult one for us.

“Austin is prob­a­bly the most dif­fi­cult track for us, so to fin­ish sev­enth and only five sec­onds off the win is not so bad, and we can look for­ward from here know­ing we can be strong

at ev­ery sin­gle other round.

“I know that there’s tracks where we can even ab­so­lutely dom­i­nate, and we can be hap­pier with more points on the ta­ble and be­ing in front of Joan Mir, clos­ing down that gap even more.

“If we can be in the top seven in the worst week­end of the year, we can look for­ward to the rest of the year pos­i­tively.”

And while Mcphee was up­beat af­ter the race, his British Tal­ent Team coach was even hap­pier, with former Grand Prix win­ner Jeremy Mcwilliams

‘Austin is prob­a­bly the most dif­fi­cult track for us JOHN MCPHEE

echo­ing what his rider said about their po­ten­tial for the re­main­der of 2017.

“We could see from early on that it wasn’t John’s favourite place in the world and we dis­cussed dam­age lim­i­ta­tion. If we could have come away with some de­cent points that was all we needed to do, and he car­ried that out per­fectly.

“He was able to fight at the front even af­ter lack­ing a bit of con­fi­dence all week­end, and that’s been the big­gest pos­i­tive from the race. He put it all to­gether for the race, which is what counts!”

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