Magnificent win for McPhee in Misano

2020-09-14 01:43
A tactical masterclass from John McPhee saw him claim Moto3 victory at the San Marino GP, after starting from 17th on the grid, to close in on the leader in the championship standings. Team-mate KIP finished 21st on his racing return.

A good start saw McPhee move into 11th on the first lap. Biding his time in the main field, the Scot started to move himself into podium contention in the closing stages of the race. After a brief stint in the lead with three laps to go, John ignored the battling bikes around him to take his first win since Le Mans last year. McPhee has now reduced his deficit in the championship standings to 14 points.

Meanwhile returning team-mate KIP had a solid race aboard his Honda NSF250RW. The Malaysian, who competed in his first race since surgery on his finger and is still adapting to his bike again, continued to improve his pace and regain confidence. After a strong end to the race, KIP crossed the line 21st.

Round eight of the Moto3 championship will get underway for the PETRONAS Sprinta Racing Moto3 riders in only a few days’ time (18-20 September), which will also be held at Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli.

Johan Stigefelt
Team Director

It was another nerve-wracking race in Moto3 in what has been a rollercoaster weekend. We had some very good sessions and then qualifying was not so good, we struggled. We are so happy with John’s win because we have been close for a long time now; he’s always been in the mix and definitely deserves this win. The team deserves it as well because all of them are doing a great job. It was a hard race but in the end he was clever and it paid off. I’m really happy with this win and it gets us a bit closer in the championship, which is important.

With KIP, it was all about coming back from his injury and surgery. It’s not been an easy weekend for him, but he finished the race and improved his lap times from qualifying – that’s really good to see. We were hoping that he would do a solid race and he’s done so. This has been learning for next week and we now need to take a step forward in terms of positions and pace.

Source: SIC Racing Team

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