26.07.2020 | news
Second for McPhee after superb ride at Jerez
PETRONAS Sprinta Racing’s John McPhee finishes Moto3 race at Andalucia GP second, team-mate KIP takes 20thMcPhee made up for the disappointment of last week with a podium finish at the Circuito de Jerez – Angel Nieto, after finishing the 22-lap race second. He also maintains third in the championship standings. Team-mate Khairul Idham Pawi crossed the line in 20th.
When the lights went out, McPhee found himself losing out on a couple of places into the first corner. The Scot was quick to recover and started making progress through the field. Keeping within the leading group, pulling away from the rest of the field, the Scot enjoyed an intense battle with championship leader Albert Arenas, the pair trading places for the majority of the race. After moving into podium contention, McPhee stayed on the tail of Tatsuki Suzuki in the closing laps of the encounter. With the championship in mind, John made the decision not to lunge down the inside of Suzuki in the last corner and ended the race with a well-deserved second. John sits third in the championship standings, just ten points shy of the leader.
Fellow Honda NSF250RW rider KIP, who had been struggling with the conditions all weekend, also didn’t have a great start to the race and found himself 29th at the end of the first lap. The Malaysian rider dug deep and continued to make progress throughout the race, despite the track temperature reaching 43C. KIP finished the race 20th.
The Moto3 pair will now be able to enjoy some time to relax, before the 2020 season continues next month at the Automotodrom Brno, Czech Republic (7-9 August).
Today John rode a very strong race. As we saw last week and again this week, he has been extremely consistent with his pace. With the Moto3 races sometimes we know it can be a bit of a lottery from the lights to the chequered flag, but we made a good plan after what happened last week and it’s paid off. We analysed what happened and put that into practice today. He kept his cool in the last lap and didn’t want to take a risk in the last corner. It was important today to take the points for the championship and he rode a very smart last lap.
We made some big changes on KIP’s bike this week and he says that the feeling has improved. We can see that’s true as his lap times are better but the race was not great. We were hoping for a bigger improvement in this second race here at Jerez, but we’ll keep working and I think it will be good in Brno.
After last weekend going into that last lap I had déjà vu, but the good thing about that was that I knew what to do. My instinct was to have a lunge but Suzuki went so defensive that I decided second was a fantastic result to come away with. I feel like we’re back in the game in the championship now and it was just a great race. My crew chief Mark [Woodage] and the rest of the guys in the team have done such a good job with the bike to get the base set-up working so well. This track for some reason is normally a difficult one for me, so this fills me with confidence and is a great feeling to have moving forwards. I had my first ever GP win at Brno so I’m really looking forward to heading there next.
Khairul Idham Pawi
It was quite a difficult race for me, when I am starting behind it makes it hard to make progress through the field. The pace we had was better than last weekend here. I am still losing a bit of time in the straights, so that’s been difficult. I’m looking ahead to Brno now and aiming to make further improvements there. It’s a circuit that I enjoy racing at and I have good memories from fighting for the podium there in Moto3, so I hope we’re going to have a good weekend there.