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McPhee: “I have nothing to lose”

McPhee: “I have nothing to lose”

Scotland’s John McPhee sets the second fastest time in Qualifying but will start from pole position due to penalties.

A 1’36.540 saw John McPhee end Moto3™ Qualifying in second but as he dismounted his SAXOPRINT RTG Honda he was informed he would line up for the Pramac Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix in pole position. Fellow Brit Danny Kent (Leopard Racing) had set the fastest time, but was demoted to seventh due to a six place grid penalty for riding slowly on the racing line in FP3. This means McPhee will line up on pole for the first time in the World Championship, 2015 has been a tough year for the Scot but since his podium in Indianapolis the year has begun to improve. Phillip Island is a circuit that suits the Honda rider, having started fifth in 2014 before battling to retain his position in the race.

He’ll be looking to go at least two better on Sunday and prove that he can be a podium threat under normal conditions. Times are again incredibly tight in the Moto3™ World Championship and no doubt the fighting will be close during the race. One of McPhee’s greatest strengths is his ability to be aggressive in the closing stages, especially the final corners.

John McPhee: “Yeah you know it’s not the way I would have hoped to get my first pole position, obviously if you can be the fastest guy at the time it’s a much nicer way to finish. But after a really difficult year that has been so up and down we’ve finally managed to come in a little bit of a better direction now. All weekend I’ve been stronger than before and I’m really happy to start from the front row and even happier to know I now to get start from the front of the grid. I have nothing to lose so I’m just going to enjoy the race and see what happens. I love the track and it almost feels like home. It’s the furthest track from home but it feels nice. Hopeful of a good show tomorrow and of course we need to fight for the podium. We’ve had one podium this year but in strange conditions so we need to show we can be at the front in proper conditions and a proper race.”

Tags:
Moto3, 2015, PRAMAC AUSTRALIAN MOTORCYCLE GRAND PRIX, QP, John McPhee, SAXOPRINT RTG

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