MCPHEE GAINS VI­TAL POINTS IN THRILLING RACE

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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

Sixth place saw Mcphee claw back valu­able points

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