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Oban Moto3 rider John McPhee recovered from 27th to 12th place at the British Grand Prix held at Silverstone last Sunday following a lap one incident.
John had his work cut out after being forced wide on turn three of the opening lap and ended up at the back of the pack. Able to move inside the points-scoring positions on lap four, John had to reduce the deficit on those ahead on the track and entered a fierce battle for tenth place in the final stages.
Swapping positions with those around him several times, John ended his home grand prix 11th – but was demoted one position for exceeding track limits. He now sits 16th in the World Championship standings with 53 points.
After the race John said: ‘I fought really hard and pushed to my maximum from the beginning. Unfortunately in turn three on the opening lap I had contact with another rider and had to go straight on. I was in last position and it made the job even harder.
‘I suffered a bit from my FP1 crash and had been trying to catch up, so it hasn’t been the easiest of weekends. I felt strong in the race and able to attack, so I feel we did the best job possible. It would have been nice to be at the back of the front group, as I felt my pace was there to fight with them.
‘Coming from last to finish at the head of the second group was good though. Thanks to the team for working hard, like always. We now focus on the next race at Aragon on September 12.’