CRUEL CENTURY FOR RISING MAHINDRA RACING
Misano Adriatico, 11 September 2016: Today’s San Marino & Rimini Riviera Grand Prix marked 100 races for the only Indian constructor in world championship racing.
But it was a cruel century after Mahindra Racing’s best season so far, with one Aspar Mahindra Team rider Jorge Martin injured before the race, and the other, Francesco ‘Pecco’ Bagnaia, well below the form that has brought him one win and four more podium finishes.
Spaniard Martin, whose best result this year was second at Brno, suffered fractures in his foot in a heavy crash in Qualifying, when he was already up to 12th.
Bagnaia suffered from problems throughout the Grand Prix, finishing 21st after starting from an atypical 25th on the grid in a difficult weekend.
Zero points were a set-back in Bagnaia’s quest for second overall, dropping him to fifth in the standings. But hopes remain high, with only eight points between him and current third-placed Jorge Navarro, and 13 to new second-place Enea Bastianini.
Wild card Stefano Manzi (Mahindra Racing) – fourth-placed star of Silverstone one week ago – finished one position out of the points. This was a disappointing result for the Italian teenager, whose bike wore the colours of the Indian flag to celebrate Mahindra’s 100th race.
The next race is the Aragon GP, in two weeks.