MotoGP Assen: “We can be strong on hard tyres” – McPhee


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A late session crash deprived Sterilgarda Husqvarna’s John McPhee from further than the fourth row in Saturday’s Moto3 qualifying at Assen.

After setting a time of 1’42.121 on his third lap of the Q2 session, McPhee slipped around the first corner as he launched for his final timed attack as the session drew to a close, leaving him 11th.

Saturday morning had seen the Scot score a direct entry into the final shootout from 13th in the lightweight class for the first time on the TT track in dry conditions after firmly enjoying Friday’s wet weather showcase .

While the only crash of the weekend came as he was looking to push on fresh rubber, McPhee remains confident of his potential for Sunday’s 22-lap race.

“It was a shame to crash on the last lap of qualifying,” admitted McPhee. “At the end we had a very good position on the track and I wanted to try to dig deep for a lap time but unfortunately I crashed in the first corner so I couldn’t improve.

“I struggled a bit with the soft tires today. I couldn’t take advantage of the extra grip, it just caused more problems, so we have some work to do.

“The good thing is we feel good with the hard tires so for the race tomorrow we have to keep one to use. Anyway I have something we can work on and I’m sure we can be strong.

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