McPhee storms back into the points

The Oban Times - - Sport -

AF­TER early drama with a multi-rider in­ci­dent in the orig­i­nal race start at Le Mans, Moto3 at the French GP was restarted with a short­ened dis­tance of 16 laps.

Bri­tish Tal­ent Team rider John McPhee was lin­ing up out­side the top 20, but made a storm­ing start and had an im­pres­sive first few laps to leap up the timesheets.

Af­ter ini­tial leader Ro­mano Fe­nati crashed out of con­tention, the race be­hind Joan Mir was char­ac­terised by a quintessen­tially Moto3 freight train – with McPhee up in that group and fight­ing hard to move for­ward. Bat­tling with those around him, McPhee set­tled into the lead of an emerg­ing second group, fi­nally cross­ing the line in 12th place for more valu­able World Cham­pi­onship points af­ter gain­ing more than ten po­si­tions de­spite the shorter 16 lap race dis­tance.

Af­ter a test for the Moto2 and Moto3 fields at Le Mans on Mon­day, McPhee takes on Mugello next with gains made in the standings as a num­ber of key ri­vals failed to score in France.

John said: ‘It was al­ways go­ing to be hard com­ing from 25th on the grid and then, with the race short­ened, it gave me less time to come through the pack. I de­cided to go with the hard rear tyre which maybe didn’t pay off with less laps on the restart, but over­all I was happy with my pace and the step we made.

‘I know if I’d qual­i­fied slightly closer to the front I would’ve been in the fight for the podium. I’m look­ing for­ward to our next test as it has come right in time be­fore a few back-to-back races.’

Pho­to­graph: Bon­nie Lane.

John McPhee, No 17, leads the chas­ing pack at Le Mans.

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