Disappointing finish to Algarve Grand Prix

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It proved to be a difficult day at the office for Oban’s John McPhee when a crash brought his Grande Prémio do Algarve at Portimao to an early end.

John entered the first corner third, having started the race from second, and dropped to seventh in the opening laps, but was able to stay with the lead group for a time.

However, a gap started to form and in the process of pushing hard to close the leading riders down, he lost the front end going into turn 13.

This unfortunately brought his race to an early end on the fifth lap. With 72 championship points, John sits 14th in the riders’ standings.

After the race John said: ‘It was a disappointing way to finish a strong weekend. I’ve felt good every day and I was fast in the race, with a really good pace.

‘Apologies to the team for the crash as it was my mistake and I had to ride above my limit. We were suffering in a straight line and were losing too much time. It was really tough and I had to go over the limit to compensate.

‘We know we’re fast, we just need a little more when we’re in the group to be able to fight in the long straights. I’m looking forward to Valencia this weekend.