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John McPhee’s Catalan Grand Prix challenge come to an early end when he crashed out of the lead on lap 10.
The exciting Moto3 race in Catalunya saw an intense group battle for the podium throughout.
A good start from John, of Connel, saw him maintain his sixth position off the line, before moving into fourth by the end of the first lap. He moved into the race lead early on for three laps, before keeping himself in podium contention when other riders benefitted from the slipstream effect. John was quick to regain the lead, but disaster struck on lap 10.
John is now 18th in the championship standings, with 22 points.
After the race John said: ‘It’s a shame to finish the race this way. I apologise to the team because it was my mistake. I’m also sorry to the other riders who got caught up in my crash and I hope they’re okay.
‘I felt so strong and the bike felt so good. When I was in the lead, I maintained my lap time and kept the pace going over the three laps.
‘The plan was to try to maintain that rhythm and try to make a break. I had a couple of attempts, saw where I was losing time but then on the next go I had the highside.
‘We need to take the positives including the fact we were so strong all weekend and had the pace in the race. It’s a shame but it’s one of those things. We’ll keep working and look forward to the next race.’
After racing for two consecutive weekends, Moto3 will now enjoy a short break before action resumes at Sachsenring with the Grand Prix Deutschland from June 18 to 20.
Caption: John McPhee leads the Catalan Grand Prix.