Racing Steps rider wins chance to debut new KRP Moto3 bike on world stage
Racing Steps Foundation backed KRP rider John McPhee (Oban, Argyll) has been awarded one of the two wildcard entries to round five of the MotoGP World Championship at Catalunya next month.
McPhee, who currently lies second in Spain’s CEV Buckler Moto3 Championship, will be joined on the Catalunya entrants list by CEV rival and two-times Moto3 World Championship wildcard winner Alex Marquez who picked up the other ticket.
The maiden Moto3 entry will be McPhee’s fifth 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 Previously he raced in the superseded 125GP category, claiming his best result – and first World Championship point for 15th – at the British Grand Prix last year before going one better at the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.
The Scot has won the FIM (International Motorcycling Federation) wildcard while Marquez – who has already raced in the Jerez and Estoril Grand Prix – picked up the RFME (Spanish Motorcycle Federation) nomination.
McPhee’s selection recognises the progress he has made since stepping up to the new 250cc four stroke class in the CEV series in April.
The KRP rider, who finished his first season in the ultra-competitive Spanish championship in 10th place in the rider standings in the 125GP series, has racked up podium finishes in each of the successor Moto3 rounds staged so far.
The early-season Grand Prix ticket will give McPhee the opportunity to debut the team’s own design-and-build KRP M3-01 Honda on the world stage when he takes to the track at Montmelo.
The bike, which made its first competitive appearance in the opening round of the CEV championship, has already attracted interest from teams and riders affiliated to other constructors.
“The wildcard is great news,” said RSF motorcycle racing co-ordinator Peter Ball. “And it’s thoroughly deserved. John has made tremendous progress over the last 18 months and played an important role in helping KRP to develop the bike.”
McPhee welcomed the wildcard saying: “I’m delighted and really excited about it. I secured top 15 finishes in the Grand Prix at Silverstone and Valencia last year in the old 125 two-stroke class so obviously the aim is to try and better that this time around.
“I’m under not under any illusions as to how hard that’s going to be. But I’ll definitely be giving it my best shot.
“The new KRP bike has shown itself to be competitive in the CEV championship and gets better race-by-race as the team introduces new parts and tweaks. So Catalunya will be a good test as to where we stand in relation to the bikes being run by the Grand Prix teams.
The Grand Prix takes place on 03 June.