17.10.2020 | news
Fourth row start for McPhee at MotorLand Aragón
John McPhee and Khairul Idham Pawi to line up tenth and 28th at Aragon GP
Although track temperatures were slightly warmer at MotorLand Aragón, with the day’s action delayed by one hour, PETRONAS Sprinta Racing’s Moto3 riders experienced a difficult day. Unable to set a final flying lap, due to traffic, John McPhee will start the Aragon GP tenth, while Khairul Idham Pawi will line up 28th.
McPhee had a tough FP3, with the cold track temperatures, and finished the session 18th with a 2mins 0.284 secs lap, after his final flying lap was deleted due to a yellow flag infringement. After progressing to Q2 with a 1min 59.074secs lap set in Q1, the Scot started the session with a banker lap of 1min 58.550secs. However, traffic prevented him from improving this and John will start tomorrow’s race tenth.
Team-mate KIP was also unfortunate to have his final flying lap in FP3 deleted, for the same yellow flag infringement as McPhee. The Malaysian ended the session 26th with a 2mins 1.422secs lap. Against strong opposition in Q1, KIP’s fastest lap of 2mins 0.135secs saw him end the session 14th, which translates to 28th on tomorrow’s race grid.
Sunday’s action will start slightly later than usual, with the Moto3 Warm Up session at 10am local time (4pm MYT) and 19-lap race at 12pm local time (6pm MYT).
It was a chaotic qualifying, but tenth is okay for tomorrow’s race. I made one good lap at the beginning, as a banker lap, but then every lap I did at the end of the session was interrupted by other riders. It was difficult to get a clean lap, but thankfully the start of the fourth row isn’t so bad around this track. We know we can work from there and we’re ready for tomorrow. I think there are two or three guys who have a really good pace, but at Aragón even if you have a good pace someone following can benefit more. I think it will be a big group for the majority of the race, with maybe a small breakaway in the final laps. Hopefully, we can be in that breakaway.
Khairul Idham Pawi
We changed the gearing and it was an improvement, but I still feel like I am missing something at the bottom end. It was also difficult to set a good lap because a lot of riders were waiting to try to get the slipstream, so I only had one good lap in which I could push. I still had a lot of chatter during qualifying, we’re not sure why, and that affected my speed and the lines I could take. I’m hoping that we can make it better for tomorrow. Of course, I want to keep improving my race result, so tomorrow I will push and see if we can make it happen.