Dif­fi­cult race for John McPhee in San Marino Grand Prix

The Oban Times - - Sport -

CON­NEL’S John McPhee started the San Marino Grand Prix Moto3 race at Misano from 26th on the grid.

The RSF-backed rider ended what was his worst qual­i­fy­ing ses­sion of the sea­son with a 1m 43.986s lap that left him 1.5s adrift of pole.

John faced an up­hill strug­gle with yet another dif­fi­cult week­end try­ing to make sense of his 2015 RTG Honda and his lowly grid po­si­tion.

Af­ter the start, John fell back to 27th – but re­cov­ered back into 25th place – in the first lap as Bas­tian­ini took the lead, ahead of Brad Binder and Ro­mano Fe­nati.

By lap eight of the 23 lap race, John had pushed up to 21st place and by lap 11 he had con­tin­ued to ad­vance and reached 19th.

Trade places With six laps to go – and Miguel Oliveira lead­ing the race – John had moved up to 18th, ahead of Dar­ryn Binder, Hanika and Ono; with whom he con­tin­ued to trade places over the re­main­ing laps.

John even­tu­ally crossed the fin­ish line in 19th po­si­tion, while Bas­tian­ini took his maiden win on his home track.

John said: ‘It was a dif­fi­cult race to­day. Start­ing from 26th po­si­tion was al­ways go­ing to be hard. My pace felt okay, but re­ally it was just a case of I was just too far back and, in the end, I tried to make the best po­si­tion pos­si­ble, but it was dif­fi­cult.’

Photo: Bon­nie Lane

SPEEEDSTER: John McPhee, No 17, in ac­tion dur­ing the San Marino Grand Prix in Misano.

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