Petronas Sprinta Racing’s John McPhee was back on his Moto3 machine at Misano on Friday as practice began for the San Marino GP.
Having borrowed Jake Dixon’s Moto2 bike last weekend - while his fellow Brit was enjoying a short promotion in MotoGP - McPhee used FP1 to help reacclimatise back to the lightweight class ending the session 22nd after struggling with what he thought would be an easy transition.
With the Moto3 class managing to avoid the day’s frequent deluges, the Scot was back up to speed in the second dry afternoon session, setting a late flying lap to secure seventh thanks to his 1’42.777 effort.
“It was a lot more difficult than I thought to go from the Moto2 bike back to the Moto3 one!” McPhee admitted after FP2 on Friday. “I’ve been in the Moto3 category for a while now, so I thought I should be able to come back and be quick straightaway, but my feeling on the first few laps surprised me. It wasn’t easy and I don’t think my FP1 position was really representative of where we were at, but in FP2 we were back to normal and I finished seventh.
“Riding the bigger bike has changed how I ride my Moto3 one; I’m braking later in the corner, preparing the exit and, although it might not be best for a lap time, it should benefit us in the race. We’re ready for all conditions, whether it’s wet, dry or mixed and we’re looking forward to tomorrow.”