Points and progress for McPhee in Cata­lan GP

The Oban Times - - Sport -

CON­NEL’S John McPhee had a moun­tain to climb af­ter a tough qual­i­fy­ing ses­sion for the Gran Premi Mon­ster En­ergy de Catalunya, but McPhee was con­fi­dent about his race pace and was proved right. Al­though it wasn’t the full fairy­tale from out­side the points to podium, John put in an im­pres­sive ride to fin­ish the race in 12th place.

McPhee made light work of the first lap to move up into 12th – set­ting the scene for a bat­tle to the fin­ish – and was push­ing to catch the front group be­fore find­ing him­self in a fight with those around him. Un­able to break clear and then de­cid­ing to keep it on the road and take the points, John crossed the line only five sec­onds off the vic­tory.

Now the Bri­tish Tal­ent Team rider can have a brief breather and re­group for the next backto-back stint in two weeks as the TT Cir­cuit Assen pref­aces a trip to the Sach­sen­ring in Ger­many.

John said: ‘It was a good start and good first few laps. I did ev­ery­thing I needed to but then I got into a fight with a cou­ple of other riders.

‘I couldn’t get the lap­time I needed to stay with the front group, but as soon as I got put off line or made a mis­take, I didn’t have the pace to push past my limit to get back on the group.

‘Nor­mally you ride at 100 per cent but if you need 105 per cent you can chance your luck for a cou­ple of laps, but I was rid­ing the whole race chanc­ing my luck and didn’t have any­thing else in the bag.

‘We made a small change on the bike from warm up to the race to help cor­ner en­try, and it was the cor­rect de­ci­sion but we al­most went too much.

‘ We have a clear di­rec­tion now and it was nice to find it al­though it was a bit late in the week­end. With three laps left I de­cided I had to take the points that were avail­able.’

John McPhee in ac­tion at the Cata­lan Grand Prix.

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