McPhee makes test progress with personal best Jerez lap

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Scotland’s John McPhee ended a productive two days of Moto3 testing at Jerez by setting his personal best lap of the Spanish track.

McPhee, who is spending his second year with the Petronas Sprinta squad, was looking to fine-tune his chassis and suspension settings to maximise his ride ahead of the official Jerez Moto3 test next week.

The Oban man completed 55 laps aboard his Honda on the first day of the test, before adding 50 laps to that total today. He finished the test with a best time of 1’45.989s which was enough for third on the sheets.

“Overall it’s been a very productive two days here in Jerez. It was such a nice feeling to do the first laps back again on the bike and to be here with the team altogether to start off the season,” said McPhee.

Immediately yesterday I felt good: we rode almost exactly the same bike as last year and, for me as rider, it’s the first time I’ve been able to arrive in my career with the same bike, the same team, the same people, so we were really able to start strong and continue working throughout the two days on more important things.

“We played quite a lot with the geometry and we managed to make a small improvement and then finally today I did my fastest ever lap of Jerez. It was nice to finish the test on a high and to have a really good rhythm on the used tyre.

“We’re now in a good position going forward to the official test and I’m looking forward to the season starting.”