Aragon, Spain 24 September 2017: Two weeks after Mahindra’s best race of the season at Misano, Italian Marco Bezzecchi ran out of time to claim more points at the Aragon GP, in a race shortened from 20 to 13 laps after thick mist forced a lengthy delay in the morning.
The 18-year-old Italian in the CIP Mahindra team qualified 17th, but stumbled at the start before closing on a huge leading group in a frantic dash. The top 18 were all across the line within just over 2.5 seconds after 66 kilometres of hectic, close racing.
Bezzecchi’s MGP3O was just off the back of this group, losing touch only on the final lap, after having fought throughout in the hope of finding a way up into the top 15 and into the points.
Mahindra’s other riders were out of luck. Aspar Mahindra team’s Lorenzo Dalla Porta was working his way up into the top 20 when he slipped off unhurt just after the halfway point of the race around the picturesque 5.0776-km circuit outside the country town of Alcaniz.
The next-best MGP3O rider was the second CIP rider Manuel Pagliani, who was 23rd after an early run-off meant he lost touch with the front group.
To be so close to adding further points was a disappointment to the only Indian constructor in the world championship series, but Bezzecchi’s speed was further proof that the MGP3O can hold its own with the front pack in the highly competitive Moto3 class.
With four races left, including three “flyaway” rounds in Japan, Australia and Malaysia, Mahindra can be confident of adding to its championship tally.
Marco Bezzecchi, CIP Mahindra
“A very tough race today. The rhythm from everyone was very high with the shorter race. I didn’t make a good start because I made a mistake with the clutch. In the first lap I tried to stay as close to the group as I could but I lost a bit coming out of the slow corners. I was able to make up a lot of time through the corners and eventually I was there, just at the tail of the group. I feel I’ve made a good race and I have learned a lot again. For sure I’m disappointed with the result because we walk away without points. I gave my best and will keep doing so in the next races, we must work hard there. A big thank you to the CIP team, the Mahindra guys and the VR46 Academy. Now we think of the triple.”
Mufaddal Choonia, CEO Mahindra Racing
“We expect to finish in the points every race – so surely we are disappointed today. But at the same time Bezzecchi was with the lead pack, and again a better grid position and a good start would have helped him a lot. He was with the group until the last lap, but at the end he made sure of getting a finish. Now we look forward to the flyaways, and a good close to the 2017 season.”
About Mahindra Racing
Mahindra Racing is the only Indian constructor in the Moto3™ class of the FIM MotoGP™ World Championship Series. Competing with the best-of-the-best in the world for six years running, it has seen phenomenal success since its debut in 2011.
Mahindra Racing supplies the Mahindra MGP3O – a single-cylinder, 4-stroke, 250cc motorcycle to the factory Aspar Mahindra Team and other customer teams. Mahindra also supplies an official Peugeot Motocycles derivative of the MGP3O to the factory Peugeot MC Saxoprint Team.
The 2017 Mahindra Racing rider line-up includes:
- Albert Arenas (SPA) and Lorenzo Dalla Porta (ITA) [Aspar Mahindra Moto3]
- Jakub Kornfeil (CZE) and Patrik Pulkkinen (FIN) [Peugeot MC Saxoprint]
- Manuel Pagliani (ITA) and Marco Bezzecchi (ITA) [CIP]
Mahindra Racing made history in the 2013 Malaysian Grand Prix taking the first-ever podium for an Indian constructor. In the same season, the MGP3O recorded top-five finishes in 10 of the 17 rounds, a pole position, three circuit lap records, and a third position in the Constructors’ Championship.
The 2014 season saw a further three podium finishes for the Indian constructor, including second place at the German Grand Prix.
In 2015, Mahindra Racing put up a fierce fight at the front of the pack throughout the season, and recorded a podium finish at the French Grand Prix.
2016 got off to a strong start with Aspar Mahindra Moto3 Team rider Francesco (Pecco) Bagnaia securing a third place podium finish at the opening round in Qatar. The Italian teen picked up podiums in Jerez (Spain) and Mugello (Italy) before making his historic first win in Assen (Netherlands) – Mahindra’s maiden victory in the World Championship. It proved the high-level performance capabilities of the MGP3O. Two more victories followed with John Mcphee dominating the field in a wet Czech Grand Prix and Pecco taking a wonderful seven-second win in the Malaysian Grand Prix.
Besides its commitment to the World Championship, Mahindra Racing supplies MGP3O machines to Team Aspar and Team LaGlisse in the World Championship feeder series – the FIM CEV Repsol International Championship (Moto3 Junior World Championship). Grand Prix legend Max Biaggi will spearhead Mahindra's effort in the 2017 Elf CIV – Italian National 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:
- Mobil1 Motorsport Award | NDTV Car and Bike Awards, 2017, 2013, 2012
- Motosport Award | Autocar India, 2017
- Bikesport Award of the Year | Times Auto Awards, 2017
- Racing Bike of the Year | Zeeignition Auto Awards, 2016
- Motorsport Award | Bike India Magazine, 2013
- Motorsport Award of the Year | ZigWheels Awards, 2012
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