Sec­ond podium fin­ish in a row for John McPhee in Ar­gentina

The Oban Times - - Sport -

JOHN McPhee has taken an­other in­cred­i­ble podium fin­ish at Ter­mas de Rio Hondo in Ar­gentina, as the Bri­tish Tal­ent Team rider fought for the win from his im­pres­sive pole po­si­tion set on Satur­day.

Launch­ing a last-lap at­tack on even­tual win­ner Joan Mir, McPhee was just un­able to make it through – but took an­other rostrum fin­ish in P2, con­sol­i­dat­ing his early sec­ond po­si­tion in the points stand­ings.

Just los­ing the lead to Jorge Martin off the line, McPhee kept calm and car­ried on as he bat­tled in the front group – es­cap­ing in the top group of five and stay­ing in podium and vic­tory con­tention through­out.

On the fi­nal lap, the Con­nel rider was in sec­ond and was able to close in on leader Joan Mir – but couldn’t quite get through as it came down to the fi­nal com­plex of cor­ners, on the fi­nal lap.

The in­cred­i­ble start to the year sees McPhee two for two on podi­ums – both sec­ond places – and the cham­pi­onship top three re­mains the same fol­low­ing the repli­cated podium at Ter­mas de Rio Hondo: McPhee in sec­ond with 40 points, just 10 off the top af­ter the first two races of the sea­son.

Next it’s time to sad­dle up for Texas and the Cir­cuit of the Amer­i­cas, as Moto3 get ready for round three – with track ac­tion be­gin­ning in just un­der a fort­night.

John said: ‘It was def­i­nitely an ex­cit­ing race and well done to Joan be­cause he rode a fan­tas­tic race the whole way through and set the pace – to be hon­est I wasn’t ex­pect­ing the pace to be that fast all the way through, and he was the one do­ing the hard work.

‘I knew I had the ad­van­tage on the brakes and I tried to line it up think­ing maybe I could get a fast run in on him and do a block pass in the fi­nal turn, but he braked so late, I went in a bit too hot and both of us went a lit­tle bit wide – I was lucky to stay on but it’s good to get more points on the board. I’m a bit frus­trated not to get the win but it’s a long sea­son and we’ve got some re­ally good points.’

John McPhee, No 17, in ac­tion dur­ing the Ar­gentina Grand Prix at Ter­mas de Rio Hondo.

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