McPhee goes solo in Spielberg as KIP misses Styria GP2020-08-18 00:29
John McPhee is targeting further podium success as the sole PETRONAS Sprinta Racing representative at the Styria GP as team-mate Khairul Idham Pawi has returned to Spain for recuperation and medical assessment of the finger he fractured in the Austrian GP.
McPhee will be hoping to continue the positive improvements which have seen him earn three podiums in 2020. After a strong performance last time out, the PETRONAS Sprinta Racing rider lies second in the World Championship and will be looking to close in on the lead.
KIP unfortunately won’t be in action at the sixth round of the championship, as the Malaysian is focused on resting to aid the healing of the fractured finger in his right hand, having returned to Barcelona this week for further medical attention. After struggling under braking last week it was decided that the best thing for the PETRONAS Sprinta Racing rider would be to pull out of the Austrian GP. The team hopes that KIP will be fit in time for the start of the next triple-header, starting in Misano.
A challenging race last weekend for McPhee, which saw the Scot forced to make his way through the field several times over the course of the 23 laps, ended with a hard-fought podium. This weekend, John will be looking to continue his podium form at the Austrian circuit in a story of threes – his aim will be to achieve a third podium in his third race with the team at Red Bull Ring – Spielberg, having also finished third in 2019.
The first Moto3 Free Practice session of the weekend will get underway on Friday at 9am local time (3pm MYT), with lights out for Sunday’s 23-lap race scheduled for 11am local time (5pm MYT).
We collectively sat down with KIP, his crew chief and the Team Director to look at the situation and we believe that it’s best for him to miss this race to get his finger properly treated in Barcelona tomorrow. This will enable him to recover and rest for three weeks so he can come back stronger in Misano. It was a hard decision again by both management and KIP but it’s one that needs to be taken in the best interests of his safety and health, and of course that of the team as well.
Source: SIC Racing Team
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