MCPHEE GAINS VITAL POINTS IN THRILLING RACE
Britain’s John Mcphee was unable to convert his pole position into a podium finish at Mugello, but was definitely in the mix throughout the Mugello encounter and left Italy happy having taken valuable points from his rivals as well as having enjoyed himself!
As one of the protagonists who had a genuine chance of victory, he eventually finished in sixth, less than half-asecond off the win and ahead of title rivals including Jorge Martin, Joan Mir and Romano Fenati.
“It’s got to be one of the most exciting races that I’ve ever been a part of,” he said. “But it was a bit of a lottery that could have gone either way for me. With about eight laps to go, I looked over my shoulder and was almost certain I could see last position! It was one of those really good fun races, and the bike and I felt good.
“People normally say that Moto3 is a lot to do with luck and I don’t believe it, but this race really was. It was all to do with position on the straight, where other bikes were able to slipstream. If the race had finished a lap earlier I could have lined it up for the win but going into the last lap I lost out.”
And, while he might still be some 40 points adrift of Mir after rocky rounds at Jerez and Le Mans, Mcphee is just 11 points adrift of second place and confident that hard work from his team in testing last week has firmly put them back on track for a return to the podium.
“The main thing is that all the championship rivals apart from Canet were behind me, so even though we finished in sixth position, we closed the gap to all of them. It’s just nice to be back in the mix again, and I’m looking forward to Barcelona this weekend because I can be really strong there.”
‘If the race had finished a lap earlier I could have taken the win’ JOHN MCPHEE