2021 Sachsenring Moto3 FP1 Result: Fast Start For McPhee

Action returned to the Sachsenring after the pandemic cut the fun in 2020 and it was a sweltering welcome for the lightweight class. Tatsuki Suzuki was fastest on the hot asphalt for much of the session, until John McPhee picked up top spot in the final minute of FP1. That dropped Suzuki to second, one tenth behind the leader and two more tenths ahead of Gabriel Rodrigo.

Stefano Nepa in fourth was over half a second behind McPhee, while championship leader Pedro Acosta made a solid start in the top five. Dennis Foggia climbed up to sixth, ahead of the Rivacold Snipers duo of Filip Salac and Andrea Migno. Deniz Öncü and Romano Fenati rounded out the top ten, while the rest of the provisional top 14 was occupied by Niccolò Antonelli, Jeremy Alcoba, Jaume Masia and Lorenzo Fellon. Sergio Garcia missed out by six thousandths of a second but FP1 times are expected to quickly tumble in FP2.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 17 John McPhee Honda 1'26.739    
2 24 Tatsuki Suzuki Honda 1'26.852 0.113 0.113
3 2 Gabriel Rodrigo Honda 1'27.109 0.370 0.257
4 82 Stefano Nepa KTM 1'27.289 0.550 0.180
5 37 Pedro Acosta KTM 1'27.336 0.597 0.047
6 7 Dennis Foggia Honda 1'27.501 0.762 0.165
7 12 Filip Salac Honda 1'27.501 0.762  
8 16 Andrea Migno Honda 1'27.593 0.854 0.092
9 53 Deniz Öncü KTM 1'27.661 0.922 0.068
10 55 Romano Fenati Husqvarna 1'27.679 0.940 0.018
11 23 Niccolò Antonelli KTM 1'27.699 0.960 0.020
12 52 Jeremy Alcoba Honda 1'27.798 1.059 0.099
13 5 Jaume Masia KTM 1'27.847 1.108 0.049
14 20 Lorenzo Fellon Honda 1'27.849 1.110 0.002
15 11 Sergio Garcia GASGAS 1'27.855 1.116 0.006
16 40 Darryn Binder Honda 1'27.882 1.143 0.027
17 27 Kaito Toba KTM 1'27.975 1.236 0.093
18 43 Xavier Artigas Honda 1'27.988 1.249 0.013
19 6 Ryusei Yamanaka KTM 1'28.120 1.381 0.132
20 28 Izan Guevara GASGAS 1'28.319 1.580 0.199
21 54 Riccardo Rossi KTM 1'28.326 1.587 0.007
22 92 Yuki Kunii Honda 1'28.392 1.653 0.066
23 19 Andi Farid Izdihar Honda 1'28.741 2.002 0.349
24 31 Adrian Fernandez Husqvarna 1'28.986 2.247 0.245
25 22 Elia Bartolini KTM 1'29.617 2.878 0.631
26 66 Joel Kelso KTM 1'30.849 4.110 1.232
Round Number: 
8
2021
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Comments

I'm guessing with the way the season has gone for McPhee and now his crew chief has been taken off him (what has happened to Jake Dixon's Crew chief, why didn't they just swap over) and not able to ride next year in Moto3 due to his age, does anyone have a rumours what is possibly in the pipeline for John? 

I'm guessing he won't be riding for Petronas next year and  Dorna will be involved with getting him a Moto2 ride?