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.
Mufaddal Choonia - CEO, Mahindra Racing
"Today we realised, once again, how cruel racing at this level can be. We came into our 100th race on the back of a win, a pole position and a second place podium. But we go back from our 100th race without points. However, one bad weekend will certainly not dent our resolve to keep improving and pushing at the front end. We hope to get back stronger in Aragon."
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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