Monday, 20 May 2019

McPhee Gives PETRONAS SPRINTA RACING First Ever Grand Prix Victory

British rider takes the win at Le Mans Circuit in an exciting race,
with Ayumu Sasaki finishing in 14th place.

The French Grand Prix saw an historic Moto3 triumph for PETRONAS Sprinta Racing and John McPhee on Sunday morning, as the Brit opened the team’s World Championship win account with a spectacular victory. He held off a series of rival riders on the final lap to take the chequered flag first. Team-mate Ayumu Sasaki placed in the points with a 14th place finish, despite having started from the eighth row of the grid.

McPhee rode a measured start to the race having opted for a medium front tyre and a soft rear, with the plan to mount an attack from the halfway mark. The plan came to fruition with a strong movement back up the order, re-taking the lead with seven laps to go. McPhee remained in the top three thereafter and crossed the finish line first to score his second Grand Prix victory – and his team’s first. McPhee is now ninth in the overall standings, with 34 points.

Despite taking off from the eighth row of the grid, Sasaki made a great comeback to reach the points for the third time this season. The Japanese placed 14th, overcoming difficulties encountered this weekend at Le Mans. After this race, Sasaki has 14 points and occupies 18th in the Moto3 standings.

The next round for the PETRONAS Sprinta Racing riders will be the Italian GP, at Mugello from May 31st to June 2nd.
-Sepang Racing Team.

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