John McPhee qualified a career best second on the grid for tomorrow's Malaysian Moto3 Grand Prix, the Scot delighted to start from the front row but already aiming to notch the first rostrum of his career.

McPhee has enjoyed a strong season for Racing Team Germany in 2014 and his form in recent races has seen him knocking on the door of the podium.

When asked to assess his qualifying performance McPhee admitted that a change in his approach and riding style had been key in finding improvements since yesterday:

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"In FP3 we made a good step forward and found a really good rhythm and I was really happy and confident for qualifying," said McPhee. "Obviously with the hotter temperatures it was difficult to get back to the same pace again but we got really close and second position is a career best for me in qualifying and it's a great place to start tomorrow.

"We changed the strategy a little but there was a few things with my riding as well. There's some long straights here so looking at the data the exits are obviously really important. 90% of the improvement has come from me and a little bit from the bike and all in it's working well and we'll keep it as it is for tomorrow."

As well as qualifying on the front row for the first time McPhee also commented that it was strange to be at the front of the Moto3 "qualifying train" where at the end of the session the majority of the field were following him looking for a tow:

"It was a little bit strange because this was the first time in qualifying that I've turned around and there was a train of people on the back of me! I guess that it's a compliment and I'll take that into the race tomorrow. The podium is the target tomorrow, we've had a fourth position and a fifth in the last two races and we've been close to the podium both times. If we can get on to the podium I'd be delighted."