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McPhee: “I thought everyone was gonna go faster”

McPhee: “I thought everyone was gonna go faster”

A crash didn’t stop John McPhee from taking his first ‘proper’ pole position at the Gran Premio Motul de la Comunitat Valenciana.

For the second time in 2015 John McPhee will line up his SAXOPRINT-RTG Honda in pole position, but the Scotsman felt this was his first proper pole. McPhee set a strong opening lap as a banker, returning to the pits for a new set of tyres towards the end. Unfortunately McPhee suffered a large crash and was unable to get the most out of his final set of tyres. But his first lap would prove enough, the rest of the Moto3™ World Championship unable to improve.

It was recently announced that McPhee will be remaining with the SAXOPRINT-RTG team in 2016 but run on Peugeot machinery. With his future secure, McPhee is going out to try secure another podium finish. During last year’s race the Honda rider was in podium contention until the closing laps when he suffered an unfortunate crash.

John McPhee: “Yeah I’m Ok after the crash. All weekend we’ve been quite strong and I’ve happy with my pace and yesterday we worked a lot with the setting on the bike when on old tyres. We saved a lot of good tyres for Qualifying and immediately in the session I put in a good banker lap. I knew I had a new set of tyres for the end and I thought everyone was gonna go faster like normal. I was pushing hard and made a crash, but it’s normal when you’re on the limit. Finally I’m happy to get my first proper pole position, In Australia I was gifted the pole from another rider’s penalty but today I was the fastest and this is a nice feeling and I head to the race with a lot of confidence.”


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