23.10.2020 | news
Breezy Friday for McPhee and KIP at MotorLand Aragón
John McPhee and Khairul Idham Pawi end day one of Gran Premio de Teruel tenth and 23rd
A warmer but breezier MotorLand Aragón greeted PETRONAS Sprinta Racing’s Moto3 riders, as the Gran Premio de Teruel got underway today. John McPhee ended the first day of back-to-back GPs at the Spanish circuit tenth, while Khairul Idham Pawi was 23rd.
A steady start to FP1 saw McPhee stay within the top-ten throughout the 40 minutes. Setting his fastest laps in the final minutes of the session, John’s fastest time of 1min 58.726secs placed him sixth. After sitting out the first 15 minutes of FP2, due to a penalty from the Aragon GP, McPhee finished the session sixth with a 1min 58.626secs time, which placed him 10th in the combined times.
Meanwhile, team-mate KIP’s opening laps saw him move into the top-twenty and stay there for the majority of FP1. The Malaysian rider ended the session 25th with a 2mins 0.325secs lap. Despite a headwind on the start-finish straight during FP2 and conditions breezier than the morning, KIP improved his best time to 1min 59.162secs, which saw him place 18th in session and 23rd overall.
Saturday action will start for the Moto3 riders at 10am local time (3pm MYT) with FP3, before qualifying gets underway at 1.15pm local time (7.15pm MYT).
It’s been a productive day. We treated the sessions more like a test, than Free Practice, as with so many back-to-back races it’s important to continue making improvements. For the first time in a while we made quite a big step with the bike, in a completely different direction, and there were a number of positive things with this. We now need to take the information gathered and decide what we do for the rest of the weekend. Our main focus tomorrow will be getting into Q2, then in qualifying the settings from today should help us make the lap time a little more easily on our own and be better than last week. We know a slipstream here can help a lot in getting you on the front row, but we’ll try our best to do as many laps as possible alone tomorrow and see what happens.
Khairul Idham Pawi
Last weekend I was struggling a lot with the rear of the bike, so we have made some changes to that and I think we have made a step forward. It is an improvement and I feel better on the bike, but we still need to do more. We are only one second off the top rider but tomorrow we will be trying to be even closer. The lap time today wasn’t too bad and I’m going to be aiming to get into Q2 tomorrow, I believe it could be possible. Let’s hope we continue like today, give it our all and see what happens in qualifying.