A despondent John McPhee was left to rue the cost of a collision caused by Dutchman Bo Bendsneyder, which put paid to his chances of securing a Moto3 podium finish at the Red Bull Ring in Austria.

Starting from fifth, his best qualifying position since the Italian Grand Prix in June, McPhee was in the midst of a frantic fight for second place around the fast, sweeping 2.6-mile track, as championship leader Joan Mir broke free to lead.

The Scot was sure of his top-three potential, but just after crossing the line to begin lap 16, Bendsneyder attempted a late-braking lunge at turn one that went horribly awry. The Dutchman’s KTM collected the hapless McPhee from behind, leaving both men flailing in the run off area.

“There was nothing I could do,” said a clearly frustrated McPhee. “I don’t have much to say, to be honest. Everybody saw what happened. I was doing my own race and doing my own line, so… What can you do?

“I haven’t seen any replays but I know that he didn’t even show me a wheel. He just hit me straight from behind.

On whether he had picked up any injuries in the incident, McPhee continued: “I’m OK. Just obviously annoyed about it. The good thing is I was feeling strong on the bike. I was feeling good all-round. The bike was working well and everything has kind of come together nicely before Silverstone, so that was really important.

“Today there was not that much more that I could do. I felt like I was having a fairly solid race and then… These things happen.

“To be fair Mir rode a really clever race and he deserved the win today. In that second group I definitely felt I was strong enough to be top two or top three. It was proper dog-fight, and we knew that was going to happen. There’s not much else to say.”

Looking ahead to Silverstone, a circuit at which McPhee has secure a top-six finish in the past, the British Talent Team rider is confident of carrying the good feeling he had during the Austrian round to the Northamptonshire track.

“I’m definitely looking forward to it,” he said. “Silverstone is somewhere I’ve always been fairly strong. The track suits me and suits my style. Everything is working well at the minute so I’m hoping we can bring that good for into Silverstone and turn things around a little bit.”

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