Moto3: Big step forward for McPhee at Aragon

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Scottish racer John McPhee has come away from the Motorland Aragon circuit content with his weekend’s performance, after taking a decent top six finish in a shortened Moto3 outing at the Spanish circuit.

Battling through the field after taking a gamble on a softer rear tyre than his opposition, he was delighted to have come home inside the top six even if he did lose out on the chance to take a podium at the end of it all.

"I feel like we’ve had a really successful weekend as a team and we’ve managed to make a small step forward. All through practice and qualifying we’ve managed to up our game a little bit so it’s really good to see that everything’s working so well. I think with a couple more laps we could potentially have challenged for the win today, so the shorter race distance was disappointing but it was the same for everyone.

“Me and my crew chief made a joint decision to use the soft tyre – it could have been risky but it seemed to work pretty good. We started with a tyre that had already done a couple of laps in qualifying and it worked well, we were the only ones on that tyre to finish the race in the top twenty. It was a good achievement all round.”

And, with consistent improvements coming in the past few races for McPhee, he says he’s ready to now go into a series of flyaway races that he enjoys in a stronger position than ever.

“I’m happy with how things are progressing, we’ve got a really clear progression now heading into the three overseas races and we know what we need with the bike and from me. I feel like we can up our game and really show our potential before the year ends."

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Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

MotoGP and road racing reporter, photographer, videographer