Superb comeback from McPhee as he delivers top five finish in Assen

McPhee, Dutch Moto3 2019

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Oban’s John McPhee had an excellent race day at Assen last weekend, finishing in fifth position after a great performance, despite starting from the seventh row of the grid.

Although he would take off from 20th place on the grid, John used his pace to steadily gain places, making up 15 before the chequered flag. He reached the leading group in the final part of the race, getting past several from that pack to claim his fifth place. John now occupies eighth in the standings of the World Championship with a total of 58 points.

After the race McPhee said: ‘That was one of the toughest races I’ve ever experienced. Throughout the weekend I had been able to set a good pace riding alone, but the crash in qualifying forced me to start from far back on the grid. The first laps were crazy, with a lot of riders doing risky manoeuvres. Reaching the front group was difficult, but finishing in P5 is a great result that gains me some positions in the standings.

The next event for the PETRONAS Sprinta Racing rider will be the German GP, held at Sachsenring from July 5 to 7. ‘I can’t wait to get to Sachsenring. Last year I got on the podium there, so I’m looking forward to the race,’ he said.