Montmelo, 02 June 2016:
Mahindra Racing will supply all of its teams with a brand-new, upgraded gear shifter at the Catalan Grand Prix. The new component will improve the constructor's Moto3TM World Championship motorcycle, the MGP3O, resolving an issue experienced by some of its riders during the first part of the 2016 season.
The new component is of bespoke Mahindra Racing design, built in-house at the company's Research and Development centre in Besozzo, Italy. The centre boasts a full complement of technical staff and state-of-the-art development facilities that allow the only Indian constructor in World Championship motorcycle racing to become fully independent in its development of the MGP3O.
Mahindra Racing is working on numerous upgrades for all aspects of the Mahindra Moto3 machine, with the aim of maximising the performance of the 2016 bike and developing significant upgrades for the 2017 season.
The new gear shifter has undergone a rigorous testing programme with the Mahindra Racing junior team in the FIM CEV Moto3 Junior World Championship, where it has proven to be highly effective, providing a clear improvement to the previous shifter. The junior team provides an extremely important testbed for Mahindra Racing, evaluating parts that will be added in later 2016 upgrades, as well as engine updates that, under the rules of the class, cannot be introduced until the 2017 season.
"Full credit to our hardworking staff at the Mahindra Racing research and development centre for this improvement," commented Mufaddal Choonia, CEO, Mahindra Racing. "We're still a relatively new manufacturer, and the increased speed and quality of these updates to the MGP3O will further increase our competitiveness in the Moto3 World Championship. We've started the season with three podium finishes in the first six races, but we want to be consistently fighting at the front."
"As a young manufacturer, we are proud that our new racing headquarters has come up to speed so quickly thereby making us a 'complete manufacturer'. We are ready to take the next step, fully develop the bike ourselves, pushing our racing programme forward and fighting for race wins on a regular basis."
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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