Petronas SRT have announced that their current MotoGP rider Jake Dixon will continue competing for their MotoGP team in Aragon as John McPhee makes his debut in their Moto2 team.
This will be McPhee’s big chance to showcase his abilities on bigger bikes as he has missed Moto2 ride for the last two seasons. The same case happened for Dixon as he made first appearance with the premier class in the Silverstone MotoGP coming from Moto2.
McPhee called it ‘a fantastic opportunity’ as he replaces Malaysian rider Adam Norrodin, who himself stepped in for Dixon at Silverstone.
“It’s a fantastic opportunity for me to try the Moto2 bike in Aragon,” McPhee said.
“As with every rider, it’s their dream to progress through the categories, and I feel like I am at the level, and have the ability to make this step up to Moto2.”
“Of course, the challenge will be extremely difficult because it’s my first time ever racing a big bike, with my only real experience being 15 laps of Barcelona in 2019 which was a ‘thank you’ from the team after my win at Le Mans.”
“I’m really excited and motivated for the challenge and really looking forward to trying the bike.
“There’s no real expectation, I’m just going to enjoy it a lot and feel like if I can improve session by session and keep closing the gap with the fastest riders, then this will be a job well done. Thank you to my team for this opportunity.”
Both riders will take up their contracted Moto2 and Moto3 seats following Aragon as Andrea Dovizioso returns to MotoGP with Petronas Yamaha alongside Valentino Rossi, while Franco Morbidelli moves up to the factory Monster Energy team.