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Bad luck continued for Oban Moto 3 racer John McPhee at the weekend, as he recorded a DNF for the second consecutive week after being taken out by another rider.
More drama followed as frustration spilled over with the Oban lad and fellow rider Jeremy Alcoba becoming involved in a pushing incident. Both riders were handed a pit lane start by Race Direction, who deemed the scuffle ‘fighting with another rider’ and ‘therefore an infringement’ of the regulations, ‘being detrimental to the interests of the sport’. McPhee has also been fined 1,000 Euros.
Competing in the second race of the season on the Losail International Circuit in Doha John found himself losing positions on the start and was down in 12th by the end of the opening lap.
He then found himself in 19th after experiencing a moment on track with another rider, but was quick to start making his way steadily back through the field to be inside the top five at the halfway point. Bad luck struck again for John on lap 15, when another rider crashed in front of him at turn one and ended his race early.
Speaking after the race, McPhee said: ‘I’m gutted about the crash and it’s a shame for us to finish the race this way, because of another rider’s mistake.
‘I felt strong all weekend again and especially in the race. I was possibly a bit too cautious in the opening laps, but then I managed to show my real speed and make my way back to the front.
‘I had a couple of issues on the way there with another rider, and then finally the incident happened at turn one. Everything was going to plan until then.’
The 26-year-old will now enjoy a short break, before racing resumes at Portimão with the Grande Prémio de Portugal from April 16-18).