Surprise podium for McPhee in frenetic Moto3 race2020-08-17 01:15
John McPhee found himself taking his third Moto3 podium of the year today, despite crossing the line sixth. A frantic race ended with a bunch battle, where three riders ran wide and received post-race penalties. This promoted McPhee up into third and increased the amount of valuable championship points received. Team-mate KIP was forced to miss the race, due to the fractured finger on his right hand.
McPhee didn’t make the best of starts when the lights went out, but he recovered well to hold position in third at the end of the first lap. The opening laps saw the Scot put the hammer down to try to escape the back with the other leading riders. It wasn’t long before McPhee could capitalise on the situation and move into the lead. However, he fell foul of the slipstream effect that the Austrian circuit produces and found himself back in the middle of the pack. Steadily making his way back towards the front throughout the dramatic race, John found himself boxed in and crossed the line sixth. However, a series of penalties for three other riders saw him moved up to third. This result sees McPhee move up to second in the championship standings.
Unfortunately team-mate KIP did not line up on the grid after he was forced to withdraw from the race, due to the fractured finger on his right hand. The Malaysian headed out on track for the morning Warm Up session and completed 11 laps. However, the continued pain in the right hand forced him and the team to make the decision to withdraw from the Austrian GP.
The Moto3 riders will be back in action in only a few days’ time, as the paddock remains in Austria for the Grand Prix of Styria (21-23 August).
Sometimes the team needs to make hard decisions on behalf of the rider and this is one of those times. We assessed that with KIP’s injury the best thing would be for him to rest and continue his recovery, so that he can potentially be fully fit for either the next round or Misano. Riders will never admit that they cannot race, they will always want to ride, but as a collective we needed to act in the best interests of our rider, our team and also for the safety of the other riders in the championship. We wish KIP the best for his recovery and he’ll come back stronger.
Source: SIC Racing Team
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