McPhee suc­cess

The Oban Times - - Front Page -

MO­TOR­CY­CLE racer John McPhee was cel­e­brat­ing at the week­end af­ter mak­ing a come­back from 19th on the grid at the Dutch GP to fin­ish on the podium.

JOHN McPhee had a barn­storm­ing Dutch GP for the Bri­tish Tal­ent Team, stag­ing an awe­some come­back from 19th on the grid to fight for the win - even­tu­ally fin­ish­ing third.

Off to a slower start than the Con­nel rider wanted, John only made up a hand­ful of places ini­tially be­fore get­ting in the mix in the sec­ond group. As the race be­gan to close up and even­tual win­ner Aron Canet led the charge to catch the front run­ners, McPhee stayed with the Spa­niard and was soon up into podium con­tention.

Hit­ting the lead for the first time with four laps to go, John pre­pared a fi­nal charge af­ter the in­cred­i­ble come­back – chal­leng­ing for the win on the fi­nal lap be­fore cross­ing the line in third. From 19th po­si­tion on the grid to the podium, this was a gain of an in­cred­i­ble 16 places.

With the big haul of points in the bag, John is back in the top five of the cham­pi­onship.

The next stop is Ger­many and the Sach­sen­ring, as the grid head out for one last show­down next week­end ahead of the sum­mer break.

Af­ter the race John said: ‘ I’m ab­so­lutely de­lighted to be on the podium, so happy for my­self and the team to pull this re­sult out af­ter such a tough week­end.

‘The race was great fun. Start­ing from 19th was quite dif­fi­cult but we had the rhythm and the pace and we kept chipping away.

‘I re­alised I was catch­ing the sec­ond group and the sec­ond group were catch­ing the lead­ers. I kept fight­ing away and with about five laps to go I thought I could even win the race and that we had a real good chance.

‘I timed ev­ery­thing per­fectly go­ing into the last lap in turn nine and 10.

‘I tried to pass Canet and then he and Mir ran wide, but to claim the last step on the podium I’m re­ally happy.’

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