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For the Grand Prix of Aragon, the next round of the FIM MotoGP World Championship, PETRONAS Sepang Racing Team will make a raft of changes to its line-ups in MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3 to continue to give its stable of riders valuable opportunities for experience.
Oban’s John McPhee will get his chance at graduation, stepping up from Moto3 to Moto2 to sample the Kalex machine for the first time in his career. He will ride alongside Xavi Vierge who will be taking part in his third home race of the season.
John said: ‘It’s a fantastic opportunity for me to try the Moto2 bike in Aragon. As with every rider, it’s their dream to progress through the categories, and I feel like I am at the level and have the ability to make this step up to Moto2.
‘Of course, the challenge will be extremely difficult because it’s my first time ever racing a big bike, with my only real experience being 15 laps of Barcelona in 2019 which was a thank you from the team after my win at Le Mans.
‘I’m really excited and motivated for the challenge and really looking forward to trying the bike. There’s no real expectation, I’m just going to enjoy it a lot and feel like if I can improve session by session and keep closing the gap with the fastest riders, then this will be a job well done. Thank you to my team for this opportunity.’
The Grand Prix of Aragon gets under way on Friday September 10.
Caption: John McPhee