PETRONAS Sprinta Racing arrive in Barcelona for seventh race of the season

John McPhee and Ayumu Sasaki hope to take advantage of the private test carried out three weeks ago at the Barcelona-Catalunya Circuit to achieve a great result at the Catalan GP.

Two weeks after an exciting Italian GP, PETRONAS Sprinta Racing Moto3 riders John McPhee and Ayumu Sasaki return to action this weekend at the Barcelona-Catalunya Circuit – where both riders undertook two successful days of testing last month.

McPhee intends to keep up his good run of recent results in Barcelona. The Briton has competed at the circuit on eight occasions, with a fourth position in 2018 as his best finish. After six races, McPhee lies in the top ten in the overall standings, occupying 8th place with 44 points.

Sasaki will attempt to put the bike geometry improvements he and his team found in the test at the Spanish track to good use. The Japanese rider has his sights set on taking a step forward that will allow him to be in the fight for the podium at the Barcelona-Catalunya Circuit, where he has yet to break into the top 15. The PETRONAS Sprinta Racing rider is currently 19th in the overall standings, with 14 points.

The 21-lap Moto3 race will take place on Sunday, June 16th at 11am local time.

#71 Ayumu Sasaki

“The Barcelona-Catalunya Circuit is a great track. It’s one of my favourites from this run-up to the summer break. As we tested there we have a good base with which to start FP1 on Friday. We don’t have a particular advantage however, as there were quite a few riders testing alongside us, so most of the field will be starting with part of their work already done. During the season I spend a lot of my weekdays near Barcelona, so it’s also a different kind of Grand Prix for me: I don’t have to take any flights or spend hours travelling, so I have been able to make the most of the days leading up to this weekend by training mountain biking, motocross and pocket bikes. Now, we have to stay focused and try to apply what I’ve been learning so far.”

#17 John McPhee

“I can’t wait for this GP. Last year I got my best result at the Barcelona-Catalunya Circuit, and I was very close to winning the race. The objective in Barcelona is to continue in the same way as at the last few races, to be in the leading group fighting until the last lap and give everything to challenge for victory. I don’t expect a race with as large a front group as in Mugello, so we must be attentive to formulate the best strategy. We enjoyed a few positive days of testing there recently, and I’m already looking forward to returning – because it’s a track that I like. We have to continue climbing positions in the overall standings.”