John McPhee to lead 2017 Moto3 Bri­tish Tal­ent Team

The Oban Times - - Sport -

CON­NEL’S John McPhee will line up on the 2017 Moto3 World Cham­pi­onship grid as part of a new Dorna-sup­ported Bri­tish Tal­ent Team, rid­ing an HRC fac­tory Honda ma­chine.

The 22-year- old, who has been sup­ported by the Rac­ing Steps Foun­da­tion since 2010, scored vic­tory in this sea­son’s Czech Grand Prix. He will link up with new team boss Al­berto Puig who will man­age the team for Dorna.

McPhee will be the sole rider in next year’s Bri­tish Tal­ent Moto3 GP Team, with plans to ex­pand to two rid­ers in 2018 as part of a new lad­der for young Bri­tish tal­ent.

The Rac­ing Steps Foun­da­tion will con­tinue to fund a Bri­tish team in the Moto3 Ju­nior World Cham­pi­onship, part of the FIM CEV Rep­sol se­ries, and a feeder to the Moto3 World Cham­pi­onship.

Dorna, which is the ex­clu­sive com­mer­cial and tele­vi­sion rights holder for Mo­toGP, will fund McPhee’s chal­lenge, en­abling the team to fo­cus on mount­ing a se­ri­ous ti­tle as­sault.

‘This is a great plat­form for me to work to­wards a se­ri­ous chal­lenge next sea­son,’ said John. ‘It will be nice to fly the flag and rep­re­sent Bri­tain in this way.

‘Rid­ing a fac­tory Honda will re­ally help us. It was as strong as al­ways this year, and it was some­thing that I was aim­ing for in 2017. It will give us the tools that we need to re­ally move for­ward quickly.

His­tory

‘Hav­ing Al­berto [ Puig] in­volved should re­ally help too. He’s got a long rep­u­ta­tion in the pad­dock and a his­tory of work­ing with rid­ers like Casey Stoner and Dani Pe­drosa.

‘I would never have reached this stage with­out the back­ing of the Rac­ing Steps Foun­da­tion, Peter Ball and Mark Keen. I have also been lucky to have the loyal sup­port of some per­sonal spon­sors, who have helped me over the years. I’m ever so thank­ful to them all for all that has been done to get me to this point.’

Con­nel’s Moto3 World Cham­pi­onship rider John McPhee.

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