2016 Czech Grand Prix winner John McPhee has pulled the covers off the factory Honda Moto3 machine that he’ll compete in the 2017 championship on, revealing the new British Talent Team bike at an event in London’s BT Centre.
The centrepiece of a new talent development strategy put in place by series organisers Dorna, the new team will serve as the ultimate goal for the winner of the British Talent Cup, also launched today as a route for young British riders to make their way to the premiere class.
McPhee will line up this year alone in the squad, but with plans to expand it to a two-rider team next year, the series promises to be a vital stepping stone between British championships and established feeder routes like the Junior Moto3 world championship that runs as part of the Spanish CEV series.
And, speaking to MCN at today’s launch, McPhee says that after early impressions of the bike last week in Jerez he’s convinced that he’ll be able to build successfully on a strong end to the 2016 season.
"I'm really happy to have this opportunity in the team and I'm looking forward to the season to see what we can do. Representing the UK and British Isles on the world stage, as well as the Team and Cup, is a big responsibility but I'll work hard to get the kind of results we're aiming for - and get this new project off to the best start. Thanks to everyone for the opportunity - and now I'm just looking forward to getting out and racing!"
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