Incredible ride to fifth for McPhee at MotorLand Aragón2020-10-20 07:53
Despite having to take a long lap penalty, handed out after qualifying, PETRONAS Sprinta Racing’s John McPhee put in a sensational ride to finish the Aragon GP fifth. Team-mate KIP had a difficult day at MotorLand Aragón and crossed the line 27th.
McPhee made a steady start to the Moto3 race, but soon put the hammer down and was the fastest man on circuit. The Scot took his long lap penalty on lap three, which saw him fall from eighth to 17th. Fighting back through the field to join the leading group, John was in the podium battle until two laps to go when he ran wide at Turn 1. Unfortunately he wasn’t able to re-join the fight for the top-three and finished fifth. McPhee finished in front of his rivals for the championship and maintains fifth in the overall standings.
Team-mate KIP didn’t have the best of starts and found himself losing places into the opening corners. The Malaysian battled hard aboard his Honda NSF250RW to regain his position in the pack, and was able to bridge the gap to the riders ahead. At the end of the 19 laps KIP crossed the finish line 27th.
McPhee and KIP will only have days to wait before they are back out on track at MotorLand Aragón for the Gran Premio de Teruel (23-25 October), the final event in the October triple-header.
That was a really good race from John today. We had the long lap penalty, so we tried this morning in Warm Up to see how to take it the fastest way possible. It was good that it came up early in the race, on lap three, and when he rejoined he was 17th. He put his head down, rode extremely well, the lap times were amazing and he was able to catch the front group. It was unlucky that he had a moment in Turn 1 with two laps to go and lost contact with the group. However, finishing fifth today feels like a victory after the penalty, poor qualifying and recent race results. We needed to do well today and he did this.
It was another tough race for KIP. We need to analyse with him to see what we can do for next weekend. It isn’t easy for KIP or the team to be in this position. He is struggling and suffering, so it’s a hard moment for him, but we will keep working and see what we can find for the next race.
Source: SIC Racing Team
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