John McPhee

It was one of the most thrilling Moto3 race over the last few years, which saw 16-year-old KTM Ajo rider, Pedro Costa won his maiden victory in Qatar last Sunday.

However, the race was stained by a fight between John McPhee and Jeremy Alcoba.

The Petronas Sprinta and Gresini rider were a part of the lead group in Sunday thrilling encounter at Losail before they both involved in an accident at Turn 1 at the start of Lap 15.

Alcoba ran into Darryn Binder rear tyre and crashed out before the bike flicked and hit McPhee’s head and took out the rider from his machine.

McPhee, who endured the same fate a week before, lashed out at Alcoba in the gravel trap and managed to land a kick, with the latter also retaliated.

McPhee later issued an apology for the incident.

“I let my emotions get the better of me in Qatar, having been taken down for the second week in succession as a consequence of another rider’s mistake.

“I must apologise for my conduct – I didn’t react well to the incident.

“It is an adrenaline-fuelled sport, with obvious inherent danger; having a competitor’s bike strike my head triggered an out-of-character response, and I’d like to apologise to the fans, my team, Petronas and our partners.

“I accept the penalty and will move onto Portimao focused on the task at hand,” he explained.

Both of the riders were hit with EUR1000 fines for their behaviour and will start the Portuguese GP from the pitlane.

Alcoba will start 5s after the rest of the pack while McPhee is forced to wait for 10s before setting off.

The Petronas Sprinta Racing Moto3 squad heads to Spielberg, Austria, ready to redeem themselves this weekend. It’s now or never for Malaysian rider, Super KIP or Khairul Idham Pawi, who didn’t start the season as well as he had hoped. John McPhee on the other hand looks to repeat his success at the Red Bull Ring after finishing on the podium last season. (more…)

If you’re already missing all the thrills and spills from last weekend’s Moto3 race, miss no more because Round 3 is happening this weekend at the same track. The Andalucía GP sets the stage for the Petronas Sprinta Racing to redeem themselves after a heart-breaking finish during last Sunday’s race. (more…)

  • John McPhee rode a gritty Moto3 race at the French GP to give the Petronas Sprinta Racing Team their maiden victory.

  • He had also given the team their first Moto3 pole position.

  • Tatsuki Suzuki had again led the most laps before crashing out.

John McPhee rode a gritty Moto3 race at the French GP to give the Petronas Sprinta Racing Team their maiden victory.

The Scottish rider had see-saw beginning to the weekend but managed to capture pole position in Q2. He was also fastest during the morning’s warm-up session.

McPhee was third at the end of Lap 1 but he hung in there, keeping himself in the top three for most parts of the race.

Again, it was Tatsuki Suzuki who led from the start. Although pursued closely by the group, Suzuki controlled the pace from the front. Unfortunately, his bike’s rear tyre slid under him in Turn 3 on Lap 17.

By then McPhee and Lorenzo Dalla Porta have gone through. Suzuki’s crash opened up a gap behind the duo, leaving them to duke it out to the finish. But it was McPhee who held the advantage from the penultimate lap and past the finish line. Della Porta finished second, while Aaron Canet battled his way up to come home in third.

The victory was also the first podium for McPhee in three years.

French Moto3 Top 5 Finish:
  1. John McPhee
  2. Lorenzo Della Porta
  3. Aaron Canet
  4. Gabriel Rodrigo
  5. Andrea Migno
Khairul Idham Pawi yang sedang menguji jentera Moto2 yang baharu – Sumber imej: PETRONAS Sprinta Racing Team
  • Pasukan PETRONAS Sprinta Racing Team bagi kelas Moto3 dan Moto2 telah menjalankan ujian pra musim persendirian mereka.
  • Ujian ini telah mengambil tempat di litar halaman pasukan berkenaan, iaitu Litar Antarabangsa Sepang.
  • Ujian ini telah diadakan sebelum bermulanya ujian pra musim Moto3 dan Moto2 rasmi di Jerez.


  • The PETRONAS Sprinta Racing Team for Moto2 and Moto3 are currently conducting private pre-season testing.

  • The tests are taking place at the team’s home track, Sepang International Circuit.

  • The tests are ahead of the first official Moto2 and Moto3 pre-season tests at Jerez.

PETRONAS Sprinta Racing Teams for Moto2 and Moto3 took to the Sepang International Circuit (SIC) in private pre-season tests starting 11thFebruary. SIC is the team’s home track.

Team riders are Khairul Idham Pawi for the Moto2 class, and Ayumu Sasaki and John McPhee for the Moto3 category.

Their tests sessions followed in the footsteps of the third official MotoGP test which took place from 6thto 8thFebruary. The PETRONAS Yamaha Sepang Racing Team riders Franco Morbidelli and Fabio Quartararo put their Yamaha YZR-M1s through their paces for the upcoming season. The Yamaha factory later announced on 7thFebruary that Quartararo will also ride the 2019 Yamaha YZR-M1 like his teammate Morbidelli’s and those of the factory Yamaha team.

Franco Morbidelli at Sepang Winter Test 2019 – Photo credit

Khairul Idham Pawi #89 – Moto2

Khairul Idham Pawi and his crew continues their work on the new Kalex machine which is powered by the new Triumph three-cylinder engine. The tests will allow Pawi to familiarize himself further to the machine. He improved his pace as the day progressed.

Pawi testing new Moto2 bike – Photo credit PETRONAS Sprinta Racing Team

The tests focused on the new engine initially, before moving to chassis, geometry and suspension set-ups.

Ayumu Sasaki #71 and John McPhee #17 – Moto3

The Sasaki/McPhee pairing concentrated on obtaining the optimum motorcycle base settings on the new 2019 Honda. Work focused on learning the new engine, chassis, and chassis geometry.

McPhee testing new Moto3 bike – Photo credit PETRONAS Sprinta Racing Team

Both riders put in many laps to obtain the sizeable data required. Sasaki logged 51 laps while McPhee logged another 38.

Next Tests

Testing continues today and tomorrow. The two Moto2 and Moto3 teams will head to their official tests at Jerez, Spain beginning 20thFebruary and Losail, Qatar from 1stMarch. As for the MotoGP team, the final official pre-season test will begin from 23rdFebruary. The 2019 MotoGP season kicks off in Qatar from 10thMarch.

  • Pasukan PETRONAS Yamaha Sepang Racing Team telah dilancarkan hari ini.

  • Ianya merupakan pasukan MotoGP pertama dari Malaysia dan juga bagi rantau Asia Tenggara.

  • Penunggang pasukan ini terdiri daripada Franco Morbidelli dan Fabio Quartararo.

PETRONAS akan menampilkan sebuah pasukan dalam kejohanan Moto3, Moto2, dan MotoGP bagi musim 2019. Pasukan MotoGP berkenaan akan dikenali secara rasminya dengan nama PETRONAS Yamaha Sepang Racing Team (PETRONAS Yamaha SRT), manakala pasukan Moto3 dan Moto2 akan dikenali sebagai PETRONAS Sprinta Racing Team (PETRONAS SRT). (more…)

  • The PETRONAS Yamaha Sepang Racing Team was launched today.

  • It is Malaysia’s and Southeast Asia’s first MotoGP team.

  • The team riders are Franco Morbidelli and Fabio Quartararo.

PETRONAS are fielding teams in MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3 championships in 2019. The MotoGP team is formally called PETRONAS Yamaha Sepang Racing Team (PETRONAS Yamaha SRT), while the Moto2 and Moto3 teams are named PETRONAS Sprinta Racing Team (PETRONAS SRT). (more…)

  • Pasukan Petronas SIC MotoGP telah mengesahkan keseluruhan barisan penunggang mereka bagi musim 2019.
  • Untuk kelas MotoGP, Franco Morbidelli dan Fabio Quartararo akan mengemudi jentera Yamaha YZR-M1.
  • Bagi kelas Moto2 dan Moto3 pula, Khairul Idham Pawi bersama dengan Ayumu Sasaki dan John McPhee akan membawa cabaran ke atas grid perlumbaan bagi musim 2019.


  • The Petronas SIC MotoGP squad has confirmed their entire rider line-up for 2019.

  • For MotoGP, Franco Morbidelli and Fabio Quartararo will be riding the Yamaha YZR-M1.

  • As for Moto2 and Moto3, Khairul Idham Pawi together with Ayumu Sasaki and John McPhee will be bringing the fight to the grid in 2019.

During a grand presentation yesterday in conjunction with the GoPro British Grand Prix MotoGP round at Silverstone, the Petronas SIC (Sepang International Circuit) outfit has confirmed their entire rider line-up for 2019. A few surprises have been thrown into the mix so let’s get to it, shall we? (more…)

  • Ex-British Talent Cup rider, John McPhee is rumoured to be riding for the SIC Moto3 team next year.

  • McPhee made a huge impression in his debut season.

  • It all depends on whether Ayumu Sasaki or Adam Norrodin heads up to SIC’s Moto2 team.

There has been much talk about John McPhee joining the SIC (Sepang International Circuit) Moto 3 Racing Team for the 2019 season, despite the Scotsman remaining tight-lipped about his future.

“It certainly looks like I’ll be continuing in Moto3, although it was nice that there were a couple of Moto2 offers there,” he told, “Hopefully I should know for sure in the next couple of weeks, which team it’ll be and which bike I’ll be on.”

The Scotsman made a great impression in his first Moto3 season last year by regularly challenging for the lead and running in the top 10. He went on to win his first race at the 2017 Czech Republic Grand Prix, in addition to a total of five career podium finishes including at the Sachsenring recently.

He eventually finished seventh overall in his first season with the Dorna-funded British Talent Cup team, and was then moved to the CIP Green Powerteam for the 2018 season. He was without a ride at the beginning of the 2018 season after the project ended.

The SIC Moto3 seats are currently occupied by Asia Talent Cup Champion Ayumu Sasaki and our local boy, Adam Norrodin. Needless to say, both riders would want to move up to SIC’s Moto2 team, which has Niki Tuuli as the sole rider. SIC could very well expand the team to two bikes and riders for 2019.

Besides that, SIC will also run a MotoGP team from next year. The rider line-up has to be announced, they are set to do officially do so later at the Silverstone round.


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