McPhee struggles in Austria
CONNEL’S John McPhee endured a weekend to forget at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria, with minimal position changes resulting in a 24th place finish in the Moto3 World Championship round in Austria.
Having qualified in 29th position, McPhee’s struggles continued in Sunday’s bright and dry conditions despite being promoted a place ahead of the race following the exclusion of Italian Romano Fenati by his Sky VR46 team.
But Racing Steps Foundation-backed rider McPhee was unable to make further significant progress when the lights went out; his Peugeot-badged Mahindra struggling with horsepower deficit to its rivals, particularly on the circuit’s uphill sections and long straights.
Having come out on top of an early tussle with the fellow Mahindra of Marcos Ramirez, McPhee set his sights on the Sky VR46 / KTM of Andre Migno with less than 0.1 seconds separating the pair at times.
The battle between the pair prevented any further progress up the field with Adam Norrodin pulling clear by over 10 seconds, while Ramirez’s deficit to the duo also fell into double figures in the closing laps.
With the number of laps falling, the order remained stationary until McPhee managed to finally grab the place past Migno on the final lap to grab an eventual 24th place, with his Peugeot Saxoprint team-mate Albert Arenas finishing 22nd on his debut.
Leopard Racing’s rookie Joan Mir scored victory from pole position, with championship leader Brad Binder second. The Honda of Gresini Racing’s Enea Bastianini took third following the final lap tussle for position.
John McPhee, No 17, in action during the Austrian Grand Prix.