Austin, 10 April 2016: Aspar Mahindra rider Pecco Bagnaia rode to a dogged 14th place in today's Grand Prix of the Americas - pulling through from the sixth row of the grid to preserve the only Indian constructor in the championship’s full-house record of points in all three races this year.
This is Bagnaia's second time scoring points, but far short of his first-race podium in Qatar.
The 19-year-old Italian had qualified on the sixth row of the grid, and moved gradually forward over the course of the 18-lap race. Riding with smooth consistency to make the most of his MGP3O's strong points, his reward was to move up into the points.
Team-mate Jorge Martin failed to finish, after a tangle at one of the first-gear corners saw him fall without injury. He had fought through from 20th on the grid, and was gaining place inside a big group disputing top-ten positions.
The 5.513-km CotA circuit, outside the Texan capital of Austin, has several very slow corners, but is otherwise long, fast, and highly technical. The stop-start sections play against the sweet-handling Mahindra, which comes into its own on more rhythmic circuits.
The situation was complicated when changing weather hit the Saturday afternoon qualifying session. The track started damp, was briefly dry, then light rain started again. Any riders who had missed that brief window had to be content with lowly grid positions.
Peugeot Motocycles, Mahindra's second brand in the championship, was just out of the points, with Peugeot MC SaxoPrint rider Alexis Masbou placed 16th.
The next race is the Spanish GP at Jerez in two weeks, the first round of the European season.
PECCO BAGNAIA -
It was a difficult race, with the big accelerations and long straight. I was able to improve my position, but in the end I couldn't catch the group ahead. At least we got two points, and now we go to tracks that will suit us better.
About Mahindra Racing
In 2016, Mahindra Racing is competing as a constructor in its fifth year in the Moto3TM class of MotoGPTM and remains the only Indian constructor in the series, having first participated in 2011. Mahindra Racing supplies the Mahindra MGP3O single-cylinder, 4-stroke, 250cc motorcycle to the factory Aspar Mahindra Team and three customer teams. Mahindra also supplies an official Peugeot Motocycles derivative of the MGP3O to the factory Peugeot MC Saxoprint Team.
The 2016 Mahindra Racing line-up includes: Aspar Mahindra Team Moto3 - Jorge Martin (SPA), Francesco Bagnaia (ITA); Peugeot MC Saxoprint - Albert Arenas (SPA), John Mcphee (GB); Platinum Bay Real Estate - Marcos Ramirez (SPA), Darryn Binder (RSA); CIP-Unicom Starker- Fabio Spiranelli (ITA), Tatsuki Suzuki (JPN); 3570 Team Italia - Stefano Valtulini (ITA), Lorenzo Petrarca (ITA).
Mahindra Racing made history in the 2013 Malaysian Grand Prix taking the first-ever podium for an Indian constructor. The MGP3O recorded top-five finishes in 10 of the 17 rounds in 2013 as well as a pole position, three circuit lap records and third in the constructors' rankings. The 2014 season saw a further three podium finishes for the Indian motorcycle, including second place at the Sachsenring. In 2015, the Mahindra regularly fought at the front of the ultra-competitive Moto3TM class and recorded a podium finish at Le Mans.
2016 got off to a strong start for Mahindra Racing with Aspar Mahindra Team Moto3 rider Francesco (Pecco) Bagnaia securing a third place podium finish at the opening round in Qatar. The podiums continued in Jerez and Mugello before Pecco made history with victory in Assen, Mahindra's first in the World Championship. It was a historic day for everyone involved and proved the high level performance capabilities of the MGP3O. As well as its commitment in the World Championship, Mahindra continues to supply MGP3O machines to Team Aspar to compete in World Championship feeder series, the FIM CEV Repsol Moto3 Junior World Championship in 2016.
Mahindra's bold decision to take on the world's best at the highest level of motorcycle racing has won the team a number of prestigious awards in India, including: the NDTV Car and Bike Awards - 'Mobil 1 Motorsport Award of the Year', 2012 and 2013; the Bike India Magazine - 'Motorsport Award', 2013; and 'ZigWheels Motorsport Award of the Year', 2012. Mahindra also won ‘Racing Bike of the Year' at the Zeeignition Auto Awards, 2016.
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