McPhee to Petronas Honda?


Scot­tish rider John McPhee looks set to jump on one of the best bikes on the Moto3 grid for 2019, with a new deal be­lieved to be an­nounced im­mi­nently that will see him join the Petronas Sprinta Honda team. It is one of the best-funded and most pro­fes­sional squads in the lightweight class and one that po­ten­tially of­fers him a route straight to Mo­toGP in the fu­ture. Still to be of­fi­cially con­firmed, he did ad­mit to MCN that he’s in the best place he’s ever been, say­ing: “There’s a couple of op­tions, and I’ve prob­a­bly had more of­fers in the last three weeks than I’ve ever had. It now looks like I’ll con­tinue in Moto3, al­though it was nice that there were Moto2 of­fers too.”

The cur­rent CIP Moto KTM rider’s race ended early on Sun­day, when a col­li­sion with Mar­cos Ramirez in the fi­nal cor­ner dropped him not only out of the fight for the win but out of the race with a punc­tured tyre.

“I didn’t feel like I did any­thing wrong,” he said. “I was on the right line when I got col­lected. Ramirez came across and took the line away from me, and he hit me so hard that his foot­peg popped my front tyre off the rim and that was the end of that.”

‘I’ve had more of­fers than ever in just three weeks’ JOHN MCPHEE

Young Scot was at the sharp end this week­end

Ramirez’s foot­peg saw to McPhee’s tyre

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