On Saturday he set a new record of being the first rider to come through from Q1 to take pole position. On Sunday McPhee took his second race victory in the Moto3 class and the first for the Petronas Sprinta Racing Team. McPhee’s win means that each of the first five races of this season have been won by a different rider.
Tony Arbolino took the holseshot before there was a big crash for Ai Ogura when he was third. Although his bike came back on the track fortunately the entire field managed to avoid hitting it. Less fortunate was Ogura himself as he suffered a fracture to both his right hand and his left foot.
A front group of seven riders formed with McPhee fixed within it. In the final stages of the race the group swelled to 12 riders. McPhee remained at or near the front and as they entered the final lap the Scot held the advantage. Despite the close attention of Dalla Porta he took his second win of his career. His last was at the rain soaked round in Brno 2016.
“I can’t explain my feelings right now. I’m very excited. It has been a long time since I won and throughout the season we have suffered a lot. Transforming speed into results has been difficult, and finally we managed to achieve it yesterday by taking pole position. I have to thank the team because they have given me a lot of support. We have experienced hard weekends and we have been able to change the situation. My last victory was at Brno in the wet, so it’s amazing to also have a win in the dry. It’s my first victory of the season, but there is still a lot of time in which to take the season where we want it.
Looking back at the first four races, I have kept calm and have continued to believe in myself. The speed has always been there and in each session we’ve shown a good pace thanks to the work by the team. It’s good that we’ve taken this good result that takes us into the top ten of the World Championship, but there is still a long way to go. Things are very even in this series and each rider pushes 100%. There have been ten different winners in the last ten races and that shows that Moto3 is a tough class. There are circuits at which I am normally not fast but at which I have done well, like for example Le Mans. It’s a good result for me ahead of the coming races.”