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CONNEL’S John McPhee looked like he might take pole position for his home British Grand Prix and Silverstone, but was just pipped to the post in the final minutes of practise as a mad last dash lit up the timesheets.
John had an impressive second row start but after lights out on race day he struggled to find the straight line speed necessary to conquer Silverstone.
Fighting in a huge freight train group at the front, John was battling in the points for most of the race before a red flag ended the contest a lap from the end – giving McPhee 13th place as the result stood from lap 16 of 17.
After the race, John said: ‘It was a difficult and frustrating race for me. I’ve been strong all weekend and felt really good on the bike.
‘In the race I was just lacking straight line speed which made moving forward almost impossible.
‘I pushed as hard as possible but in the end I could only maintain my position.
‘I would like to thank all the home fans for a great atmosphere all weekend, and to my team for all their hard work.’
It’s now time for John to focus on Misano – with the British Talent Team rider to fight it out again on the Adriatic in a fortnight’s time.