John McPhee and his Moto3 rivals endured a frustrating finish to pre-season testing after rain effectively washed out two of the three days of running in Qatar. Only one dry session was possible on day one before the heavens opened while Sunday’s three sessions only saw a handful of laps each due to the unusually wet weather at Losail.
McPhee ended the weekend twelfth fastest on the British Talent Team Honda and although he didn’t get the most out of the Losail test, the Scotsman feels well prepared for the season opener.
“Today was a bit of a nothing day with only a total of four fast laps. The weather turned too bad and the sessions were cancelled so there wasn’t much we could do. I still feel like I’m heading into the race weekend in a good position and this is definitely the best shape we’ve finished pre-season testing in. I’ve got some things I’d like to try throughout practice next week but overall I’m happy.”
British Talent Scout Jeremy McWilliams was keen to take the positives from the winter for McPhee, feeling his rider is in good shape to compete at the front this weekend.
“It’s been a bit of a mixed weather test for everyone, very weird weather for Losail so making it difficult for the team to gather as much data as they would like, but in general another positive test for John and the boys. He continues to improve with every outing and we are all confident that if we had to race tomorrow John has good race pace and he is full of confidence with the new bike.”