McPhee closes the gap on Mir

The Oban Times - - SPORT -

IT WAS a more dif­fi­cult race week­end third time out for the Bri­tish Ta­lent Team, but John McPhee qual­i­fied in a solid ninth for the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Amer­i­cas and moved for­ward in the race to fin­ish sev­enth – cru­cially cut­ting a point off the small gap to the top of the cham­pi­onship.

Fight­ing through­out just be­hind the bat­tle for the podium, the Con­nel rider was only just over a sec­ond off fin­ish­ing on the ros­trum for the third time in a row – beat­ing cham­pi­onship leader Joan Mir over the line by lit­tle more than a tenth to cut that cru­cial gap.

Now third in the stand­ings af­ter the third race, John will be back on fa­mil­iar ground at the next round at the Cir­cuito de Jerez in Spain in two weeks – hav­ing en­joyed good track time at the venue in test­ing and look­ing to move for­ward once again.

Af­ter the race John said: ‘It was a dif­fi­cult week­end but to come away in sev­enth po­si­tion and so close to the podium again I think we can be rea­son­ably happy.

‘For what­ever rea­son, this cir­cuit didn’t seem to suit our bike set-up and I strug­gled over the week­end to find the pace I needed.

‘Fi­nally in the race I felt good on the bike and was able to fight. The most im­por­tant thing was that I se­cured valu­able cham­pi­onship points and closed the gap on Joan Mir.

‘Now af­ter three strong races I’m ex­cited to get back to Europe and con­tinue in this way.’

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