McPhee aims to revive fond memories in Valencia

PETALING JAYA: Petronas Sprinta Racing’s John McPhee is hoping his familiarity with the circuit will help him to rekindle his battle for the Moto3 title.

The Ricardo Tormo circuit in Valencia holds happy memories for McPhee as he made his world championship debut in the lightweight class (125cc) in 2010.

The Scotsman also started from the front row twice (pole in 2015, third in 2018) and was on the podium (third) in 2018.

After the previous two races at Aragon, McPhee is currently sixth in the riders’ standings with 119 points – 38 points behind leader Albert Arena of the Aspar Team – who has 157 points.

“The next two races will be interesting because Valencia is a very different track to Aragon where we were two weeks, ” said McPhee.

“I have been very fast at Valencia in the past, so hopefully we can replicate that again and continue our good form.

“We still have some work to do with regards to the championship. I’m feeling good and we’ll have to see what happens.”

Two races will be held at Valencia on Nov 8 and 15 while the last race of the season will be held on Nov 22 at the Portimao circuit in Portugal.

Meanwhile, this year’s Sepang 1,000km Endurance Race (S1K) has been cancelled due to the conditional movement control order (CMCO).

The race was originally scheduled from Nov 27-29 but the recent spike of Covid-19 cases in Kuala Lumpur, Selangor and Putrajaya from Oct 14-Nov 9 forced Sepang International Circuit to pull the plug on the competition.

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