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An intense battle in the closing laps of the Grande Prémio de Portugal ended with Connel’s John McPhee taking ninth place at the final Moto3 race of 2020.
John, who started the Portuguese Grand Prix 19th on the grid, lost one place heading into the first corner of the race, but was able to move up into 13th in the opening six laps.
After moving inside the top 10 on lap nine, the Connel rider battled hard with those around him to retain his position after slipping backwards momentarily.
An intense battle in the final laps ended with McPhee crossing the finish line ninth. John ends the 2020 season seventh in the Moto3 championship with 131 points.
The Petronas Sprinta Racing rider will now be able to enjoy a well-earned of rest, before preparations start for the 2021 season.
After the race John said: ‘It was a really exciting race! To fight from 19th to finish ninth was hard work but I enjoyed my last race of 2020 although I would have liked a slightly better finish in the final race of the year.
‘Overall, though, we’ve had some massive highs this season, and a couple of lows, but we’ve been fast at every race track.
‘I want to say a massive thank you to all the crew because they’ve done a great job all year.
‘We know we have a couple of areas to work on but now we’ll enjoy our time off, spend time with family and friends, before resetting to come back even stronger next year.’