John McPhee will compete in the remaining five races of the Moto3 World Championship after Caretta Technology chose him to replace the injured Alexis Masbou. The French rider broke his femur in a test at Vallelunga and McPhee’s impressive wildcard performances at Catalunya, Silverstone and Brno have earned him the replacement ride.
The Briton will continue to use his Racing Steps Foundation-backed KRP chassis, fitted with Caretta Technology’s GP-spec Honda engine, and can’t wait to showcase his talents once again in search of a full-time ride next year.
“It’s fantastic to be given the opportunity. To get more experience at world level with a Grand Prix team like Caretta should give a boost to my prospects of getting a full-time World Championship ride in 2013. Naturally I have a lot of sympathy for Alexis and wish him all the best for a speedy recovery. He’s clearly had a strong working relationship with the team to get the results he has, so hopefully I will be able to pick up where he left off.
Giorgio Bertelli, team manager of the Turin-based outfit, was particularly impressed by McPhee’s ride at Brno when he ran with the leaders in mixed conditions and has no doubts that he will prove a suitable replacement for Masbou.
“Alexis has done really good work for the team this year but John showed everyone at last month’s Czech Republic Grand Prix at Brno that he has what it takes to be a strong competitor. So we are very comfortable with him as a stand in. We hope to achieve good things together.”