Crash leaves John unable to capitalise on pole position

John McPhee in action at the European Grand Prix in Valencia last weekend.

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Oban’s Moto3 star John McPhee was unable to capitalise on his pole position at Circuit Ricardo Tormo after crashing out of the Gran Premio de Europa on lap five.

Although John initially had good drive off the start line, he found himself in the clutches of the pack heading out of the first corner, dropping to ninth on the opening lap.

Sitting inside the top 10 throughout the opening laps, the Petronas Sprinta Racing Team rider made sure he kept within the main field.

Unfortunately, John’s race came to an early end on lap five, crashing out on a damp patch at Turn one. McPhee maintains sixth position in the riders’ standings.

After the race John said: ‘I’m gutted to have finished the race early, after starting from pole position. I didn’t feel good on the first lap.

‘I was trying to attack but felt something strange. It took me too long to find my rhythm in the first few laps and I dropped too many places. Then when I started to attack again I caught a wet patch in Turn one and crashed.

‘It’s really unfortunate because we missed out on a good opportunity to close the gap in the championship. We will regroup though and focus on the next two races.’

There will be no rest for John as the Gran Premio de la Comunitat Valenciana, also held at Circuit Ricardo Tormo, will get underway in just a few days’ time (November 13-15 ).