An oil leak and scattered rain caught John McPhee out in qualifying but the Scotsman bounced back from starting 28th on the grid to finish an impressive seventh during today's German Moto3 race.

McPhee commented that this was probably the best race of his Grand Prix career, but given the difficulties he has had throughout the weekend it was hugely impressive to come through the field.

"We've not had a difficult weekend as far as the bike or my riding is concerned but we had silly things go wrong this weekend," said McPhee. "The tyre went off in FP1 and in qualifying I had oil on the footpeg and then the rain came so we've been really unlucky but overall it turned out really well for us."

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When asked about his day and coming through the pack McPhee admitted that he didn't expect to be in a position to fight as far to the front:

"Coming from so far back means that you have no pressure at the start of the race and no one really expects anything, maybe a few points, but I got my head down from the start," said McPhee. "The team had said to me that if I could take eight people on the first lap and then another five during the race maybe five will crash and you might even get inside the top ten.

"When I came across the line on the first lap and saw that I was 20th I thought to myself that was the first task done so lets do the rest! I'm really chuffed with it and it's nice to have a finish like that before the summer break. For me there was no pressure so I could just concentrate on the riding and we came out with probably the best result we could have."