Moto3: McPhee happy with sixth as Fenati tops test

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John McPhee has finished the final preseason Moto3 test of 2019 happy with sixth overall, walking away from the outing at the Losail circuit pleased to have set his lap times alone as well as working through a long testing program during the three-day outing.

“We have had three very productive days here in Qatar. We already had a good base set-up for the bike after the Jerez test but we have kept working as a team to improve the feeling even more. I am very happy with how the team is working, they have all been fantastic and step by step we have improved the lap time and our race pace.

“These three days we mainly focused on race pace and race setting and I feel very comfortable and consistent over a long run. We treated the second session tonight as more like a qualifying session to see what lap time we could manage and we ended up happy with the lap time because I set it on my own. It is great to finish the last test of preseason like this.”

Romano Fenati continued his domination of the test to end up fastest overall, comfortably leading teammate Tony Arbolino and Spaniard Aron Canet. McPhee’s fellow Brit Tom Booth Amos was 28th, walking away from a final day crash unhurt.

Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

MotoGP and road racing reporter, photographer, videographer