10.09.2019 | news
McPhee and Sasaki aiming high at Misano
John McPhee and Ayumu Sasaki hoping to continue strong streak for PETRONAS Sprinta Racing at the San Marino GP
The PETRONAS Sprinta Racing duo of John McPhee and Ayumu Sasaki are heading to this weekend’s Gran Premio di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini aiming high, as they set out to continue their strong run of performances from recent races at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli when the Moto3 action gets underway on Friday.
A consistent podium contender since taking victory at the French Grand Prix in May, McPhee is starting the weekend targeting more of the same. Unlucky to lose out at his home race at the British Grand Prix last time out and forced to settle for seventh despite spending much of the race dicing for the win, his target for the Italian track is to put that to amends by once again getting stuck into the podium battle when the lights go out on Sunday.
Sasaki has also been making big strides forward in recent rounds of the championship, finishing sixth at Silverstone two weeks ago, and his target for the weekend is to be right alongside his team-mate. On track for his best-ever finish last year at Misano until he was unlucky to get caught up in another rider’s crash, he too is out to continue his best-ever run of form at the Misano circuit after taking points in the last four races.
Action gets underway at the San Marino Grand Prix on Friday 13th September with free practice at 0900 local time (1500 Malaysian time), ahead of Sunday 15th September’s race at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli.
“After my home GP in Silverstone, I’ve used these two weeks to fully prepare physically for this last haul of races. It’s a busy period coming up, starting with Misano and Aragon back-to-back before we head to Asia for four races. Misano is a track that always has a special vibe, and with my bike and team both in great form, I feel like we can go into this weekend feeling excited about our potential and ready for another strong race.”
“In the last five races we’ve made big improvements, and from Catalunya I’ve scored points nearly every race. It’s the first time in my career I’ve been so consistent, and it’s amazing for my confidence. We had a good weekend in Silverstone and were close to the podium, so hopefully in Misano we can manage to go one better. It was a track where I rode really well last year, qualifying seventh and running in fifth in the race until someone crashed in front of me. In my mind, it’s the time to fight for the podium and I’ve been training hard with Fabio [Quartararo] and some other riders to make sure that I’m in the best shape as possible. It’s helped me realise what I’ve been missing, and I’ve learned many things from them.”