McPhee finished 11th in Valencia Grand Prix

A start from 16th position meant a hard battle through the field for John McPhee.

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Connel’s John McPhee battled hard last Sunday under the Spanish sun at Circuit Ricardo Tormo to cross the finish line just outside of the top 10 in 11th place.

John made a steady start from 16th on the grid and claimed one position going into the first corners of the race, before another rider forced him to lose several places.

After a brief mid-field battle, McPhee moved into the top-ten on lap eight. Unfortunately the fight for position allowed the riders in front to create a gap, which he was unable to reduce. At the chequered flag, John crossed the line 11th.

After the race John said: ‘Starting from P16 was always going to be difficult, but my start wasn’t bad. I made my way to the back of the front group but another rider hit me on the straight and I nearly crashed. I lost several positions and ended up at the back of the second group. I had to fight my way back to the front.

‘My pace was faster than those around me, but it was really hard to defend on the start-finish straight. Lap-by-lap we were catching them but the gap was just too big to close. It’s disappointing because my race pace was okay; we were just too far back.’

John will now head straight to Portugal for the final round of the 2020 Moto3 season: the Grande Prémio de Portugal at the Algarve International Circuit (November 20-22 ).