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MotoGP Jerez #2: Discretion the better part of valour for McPhee

Scotland's John McPhee opted to take a safe second and 20 Moto3 points rather than attempt a last-corner lunge and finish in the gravel as he did in last weekend's Jerez encounter.

The Petronas Sprinta rider enjoyed an intense battle with championship leader Albert Arenas, the pair trading places for the majority of the race.

After moving into podium contention, McPhee stayed on the tail of Tatsuki Suzuki in the closing laps of the encounter.


With the championship in mind, McPhee made the decision not to lunge down the inside of Suzuki in the last corner and ended the race with a well-deserved second.

It means he sits third in the championship standings, just ten points shy of leader Arenas, who crashed out.

"After last weekend going into that last lap I had déjà vu, but the good thing about that was that I knew what to do,' said McPhee.

"My instinct was to have a lunge but Suzuki went so defensive that I decided second was a fantastic result to come away with.

"I feel like we’re back in the game in the championship now and it was just a great race. My crew chief Mark and the rest of the guys in the team have done such a good job with the bike to get the base set-up working so well.

"This track for some reason is normally a difficult one for me, so this fills me with confidence and is a great feeling to have moving forwards. I had my first ever GP win at Brno so I’m really looking forward to heading there next."

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