John takes seventh place on sad day in Italy

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Oban’s John McPhee started Sunday’s Italian Grand Prix from the third row of the grid after qualifying ninth.

The Moto3 race at Mugello saw John crossing the line in ninth place but getting moved up to seventh following penalties for other riders.

However, the day was overshadowed by the tragic death of Jason Dupasquier after a three-bike crash during Saturday’s qualifying session.

The 19-year-old passed away in hospital following injuries sustained after being hit by another bike at the Mugello Circuit.

The young Swiss rider was airlifted to Careggi Hospital in Florence but efforts to save his life were unsuccessful, with MotoGP confirming the tragic news on Sunday morning.

John said: ‘With the very sad news about Jason, the result of the race is not important. I would like to send my condolences to Jason’s team, his family and friends.’

The next event for John will be the Catalan Grand Prix this weekend, June 4 to June 6.

John McPhee in action at the Italian Grand Prix in Mugello.