New Delhi, 4 February 2016: Mahindra Racing, the only Indian constructor in the MotoGPTM World Championship, yesterday unveiled its all-new MGP3O Moto3TM racing motorcycle at the New Delhi Auto Expo. The latest MGP3O is a significantly upgraded motorcycle in almost every area as Mahindra Racing aims to fight at the front of the highly-competitive Moto3 World Championship in 2016.
The new bike has been developed at Mahindra Racing's European headquarters at Besozzo near Varese in Italy, part of the Indian automotive and technology giant's 'neural network' of research and development centres located around the world.
Changes to the 2016-specification MGP3O have focused on improved power delivery and acceleration, top speed and further improvements to the Mahindra's highly-praised handling. The improvements are also designed to make the bike easier for teams and mechanics to work on during the high-pressure MotoGP race weekends. New engine, gearbox and aerodynamic packages are matched by several refinements to the chassis and electrical components. All these changes combine to offer greater performance in tune with a new double exhaust system developed by Arrow.
The bike was unveiled at Mahindra's pavilion at the biennial Delhi Auto Expo by Anand Mahindra, Chairman, Mahindra Group, who said: "We are delighted that the new Mahindra Racing 2016 MGP3O motorcycle is making its global debut at the Auto Expo. This new motorcycle is the first all-new product that has emerged from Mahindra Racing’s development centre in Italy. It is also evidence of Mahindra's growing technical skill in the development of world-class high-performance racing machinery. We are also very proud to be bringing back the Peugeot Motocycles name to international racing."
The new Mahindra MGP3O will be campaigned by factory entry Team Aspar with retained talented young riders Pecco Bagnaia (19, ITA) and Jorge Martin (18, SPA). Three Mahindra customer teams will see six further MGP3O machines on the grid run by Team CIP, the Outox Reset Drink Team, and MTA Team Italia, all running two-rider outfits.
New to the Mahindra family in MotoGP is Peugeot Motocycles factory team, SP Racing. An impressive line-up of Frenchman Alexis Masbou (28) and Briton John McPhee (21) will contest the Moto3 World Championship on an MGP3O-derived Peugeot.
"We have a very strong line-up both on and off the track for 2016," commented Mufaddal Choonia, CEO, Mahindra Racing. "We've bolstered our own engineering team under our R&D chief Davide Borghesi, significantly enhanced our procurement, quality control and vendor partnerships through a team led by Michele Ciappina. A mixture of continuity and new young talent in our rider line-up makes me confident that we’ll see some good results from our teams. We are looking forward to further pre-season testing and will continue to make positive strides in our motorcycle racing programme in 2016".
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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