McPhee’s efforts unrewarded in Styria

2020-08-24 06:40
After being in podium contention for the majority of the 23-lap Moto3 race at Red Bull Ring – Spielberg, John McPhee’s hard work and impressive overtakes ultimately went unrewarded as the Scot crashed out on the penultimate lap at the Grand Prix of Styria.

It wasn’t the greatest of starts from McPhee, who found himself in ninth after the first few corners. By the end of the opening lap, the Scot had started to recover and make his way back through the pack. A small group of riders managed to open up a gap to the rest of the field, but John was able to make his way to the front of the chasing group and started to close the gap.

Once the leaders had been reeled in, McPhee enjoyed a near race long battle for the podium, which included a short stint leading the race and tense scenes with four riders abreast at times. Throughout the 23-lap encounter John made a series of impressive overtakes and showed confidence late on the brakes. An on track incident with five laps left to go curbed some of John’s momentum, but he battled hard to still be with the leading group with two laps to go. Unfortunately McPhee’s efforts weren’t rewarded as he crashed out at Turn 9 on the penultimate lap. John now sits third in the championship with 67 points.

There will now be two weekends with no racing as the paddock takes a break, before action resumes in Misano next month (11-13 September).

Johan Stigefelt
Team Director

It was not an easy race. John was aggressive from the beginning though, which was good. This is something we want to see more of; if you’re passed, pass back straight away, and he did this today. Maybe there were some moments mid-race when he was too aggressive today, fighting a bit too much. It’s not easy in Moto3 when there are a lot of overtakes. In the end, two riders managed to break away and in the final laps John didn’t seem to have enough pace to follow them. Then he crashed out, which is a real pity, as we need to be fighting for the podium every race. Crashes happen, we know this; we just need to now focus on fighting for the wins in Misano now.

Source: SIC Racing Team

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