McPHEE AWARDED MOTO3 WILDCARD FOR CZECH REPUBLIC GRAND PRIX

John McPhee Racing Steps Foundation-backed Moto3 rider John McPhee (Oban, Argyll) has been awarded one of the two wildcard entries for round 12 of the MotoGP World Championship at Brno on August 26.

McPhee, who is currently sixth in Spain’s CEV Buckler Moto3 rider standings, will be joined on the Brno entrants list by Germany’s IDM Moto3 class points leader Luca Grünwald who picked up the other ticket.

The Brno entry will be McPhee’s seventh Grand Prix wildcard. Previously he raced in the superseded 125GP category, claiming his best result – and first World Championship point for 15th – at the British Grand Prix last year before going one better at the season-ending round at Valencia.

So far this year the 18 years-old Scot has raced in the Catalunya and British Grands Prix finishing 19th in Spain and 28th at Silverstone following a crash.

McPhee has won the ACCR (Czech Republic Auto Club) wildcard for Brno while Grünwald, who made his Moto3 World Championship debut at Sachsenring last month, picked up the FIM (International Motorcycling Federation) nomination.

McPhee’s selection comes on the back of a string of front-running rides in the new 250cc four stroke class in the CEV series.

The KRP team rider, who finished his first season in the Spanish championship in 10th place in the then-125GP rider standings, has secured two podium finishes in the successor Moto3 class so far this season.

“The wildcard is well-deserved,” said RSF motorcycle racing co-ordinator Peter Ball. “John has turned in some really strong rides so far this season which, unfortunately, his results don’t reflect.”

McPhee echoed the view: “Apart from my two podiums in the CEV series this year I don’t really feel I’ve shown what I know I’m capable of. Hopefully I can do this at Brno to justify the faith that the Racing Steps Foundation and KRP have shown in me.

“The support they’ve given me over the last three years has been incredible so it would be fantastic to reward them with a strong result.”

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