McPhee picks up points after tough San Marino GP

John McPhee battled hard to get in amongst the points in San Marino.

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John McPhee ended the Gran Premio di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini inside the points in 13th on Sunday September 19.

The Petronas Sprinta Racing rider, who started the race 19th, had a poor start and found himself in 23rd on the second lap.

After making steady progress through the field, John moved into the points – 12th – by the mid-point and set his sights on closing the gap to the top 10.

Despite encountering an issue with the rear brake in the final ten laps, he crossed the line 13th. Increasing his world championship points to 56, John is 16th in the riders’ standings.

Speaking after the race John said: ‘It was a tough race and the pace at the front was really fast.

‘I felt quite good on the bike and was able to have a decent rhythm, but the biggest issue was making my way past the other guys.

‘When I was able to get to the front of my group, I was closing the gap on those ahead. Lap-by-lap I was getting there, but then ten laps before the end I had a moment and the rear brake broke.

‘It wasn’t enough to make me retire, but it made it a tricky finish to the race. It was good to still score points and we’ve learned a lot from this.

‘I’m looking forward to getting to Texas, but I’m also looking forward to being back here in a few weeks.’

Next up is the first ‘overseas’ round of the year since the Doha GP: the Grand Prix of the Americas from October 1 to October 3.