Austin, Texas, 23 April 2017: Mahindra completed the third of the opening three fly-away MotoGP races today just two places away from the points, and are looking forward to regrouping when the European season begins in a fortnight.
It has been a difficult start for the only Indian constructor in the world championships, with the all-new version of the Mahindra MGP3O still finding its feet in the ultra-close Moto3 class.
Now, after the far-away rounds in Qatar, Argentina and today in the USA, the team returns to its base in Italy, with the chance to put the final polish on the new machine, and resume steady strong finishes, as a follow-up to the three wins in Mahindra's best-yet 2016 season.
The top Mahindra finisher at the long and spectacular 5.513-km Circuit of the Americas was 18-year-old Italian rookie Marco Bezzecchi, part of the CIP team, who finished 17th, his best result so far in his first full season. Two places higher and the former Italian CIV champion would have scored World Championship points for the first time.
Next was official Aspar Mahindra Team rider Albert Arenas, who gained one place from his qualifying position, finishing 21st in a race that was shortened from 18 laps to 12, after the first attempt was red-flagged on the third lap.
Today's race was won by Honda-mounted Romano Fenati, with the winner of the first two rounds – Joan Mir – dropping to eighth in the race, showing the volatility of the lightweight class championship.
Mahindra will be working hard and planning to profit from that volatility when racing resumes in Europe in the Spanish GP at Jerez in two weeks.
Marco Bezzecchi, CIP Team
"A good race. I made a mistake at the start which compromised the whole race for me. It was a shame because I had a good pace and I could have been in the first 15. A bittersweet feeling but we'll do better in Europe. The bike and I are working very well together and I feel we can keep getting stronger and be in the points more and more."
Mufaddal Choonia, Mahindra Racing CEO
"Another disappointing weekend where we go away without points, but we can see some good potential in our rider Marco Bezzecchi, who has had two decent outings in the first three GPs. He was 12th when he crashed out in Qatar, and he was close to the points here. Now we go back to Europe, to familiar tracks to our riders, and we’ll be working flat out to get back where we belong – fighting for good race finishes."
About Mahindra Racing
In 2017, Mahindra Racing is competing as a constructor in its sixth year in the Moto3™ class of MotoGP™ 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 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 – Albert Arenas (SPA), Lorenzo Dalla Porta (ITA); Peugeot MC Saxoprint – Jakub Kornfeil (CZE), Patrik Pulkkinen (FIN); CIP-Unicom Starker- Manuel Pagliani (ITA), Marco Bezzecchi (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 Moto3™ 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. Two more victories followed with John McPhee dominating the field in a wet Czech GP before Bagnaia took a wonderful seven-second win in Sepang.
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 2017. Grand Prix legend Max Biaggi will spear head Mahindra’s effort in the CIV, the Italian Championship.
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, 2013 and 2017; 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. A successful 2016 campaign also saw Mahindra win Autocar’s Motosport Award in 2017 as well as the Times Fast Bikes Bikesport Award.
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