MOTO3 HISTORY

Mahindra Racing was the first and only Indian constructor and competitor in the Moto3 World Championship between 2011 and 2017.

The MotoGPTM World Championship was established way back in 1949 by FIM - Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme. The oldest motorsport in the world is divided into three classes, all four-stroke engines – 1000cc (MotoGP), 600cc (Moto2) and 250cc (Moto3) class.

A constructor and competitor in the Moto3 class of the World Championship for seven glorious seasons, one-third of the bikes on the grid were Mahindra breeds. Fuelled by passion, we locked horns with the world’s best in fierce battle.

It takes guts and a whole lot of grit to claim glory. We did it, battling it out with the best-of-the-best in the Moto3 World Championship and achieving:

ACHIEVEMENTS

3

CIV NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

3

WINS

10

FRONT ROW STARTS

14

PODIUMS

3

POLES

THE MGP3O

The ‘Made to Grab Podiums’ aka MGP3O was a racing prodigy. Developed in a record time of less than six months – from drawing board to track – it turned heads since its debut in the 2013 World Championship.

Its stunning curves maximised aerodynamics. Beneath its taut, yet nimble chassis was a power-packed engine. And there rested not one slack bone in its body.

ENGINE

A single-cylinder 249cc DOHC four-stroke, finger follower valve train; drum throttle body with double fuel injector engine enabled the MGP3O to accelerate from 0-100 kph in just 3 seconds – reaching staggering speeds of over 240 kph.

Every enhancement since its debut guaranteed greater power delivery, acceleration and top speed. And podiums!

CHASSIS

Moto3 bikes are the smallest Grand Prix racers. But their slender tyres and lightweight bodies (approx. 81kg) make them the fastest at the apex of a corner.

The MGP3O chassis was not only robust, but communicative. It gave the rider a feel of the suspension and tyres. At the same time, it was rigid enough for precise steering at high-speed corners, and quick change of direction.

KEY MILESTONES

12 Nov 2017

A Close Formation Finish for Mahindra’s Farewell: The final round of the 2017 Moto3 World Championship marked our withdrawal from the series. Having challenged and beaten the established racing order, we leave the series with our name in the history books. In just 123 Grand Prix starts, we have achieved 3 race wins, 14 podium finishes, 3 pole positions, over 700 manufacturer points and the still-standing circuit record around the Sachsenring.

11 Sep 2016

Our 100th Grand Prix: The first and only Indian constructor competing in the World Championship, we celebrated our 100th race start at Misano, Italy. To commemorate this occasion all 11 MGP3O riders – nine of Mahindra’s and two in the colours of sister brand Peugeot Motocycles - took to the track for a parade lap.

21 Aug 2016

Brilliant 1-2 at Brno: The Mahindra MGP3O Moto3™ machine took first and second places in a rain-soaked Czech GP. The winner was Scotsman John Mcphee, splashing through the spray to take his own first GP victory. Spanish teenager Jorge Martin followed in second place.

26 Jun 2016

Pecco Bags Epic First Victory: Starting from P10, Francesco Bagnaia made history at the Dutch GP – fighting every inch of the way to claim his first grand prix win. The victory was not only the first win for our Moto3™ team, but the first-ever in the history of the sport for an Indian constructor.

13 Oct 2013

Maiden Podium Finish: Miguel Oliveira made history at the Malaysian GP, fighting back from a weak start to claim a first-ever podium finish.He was just 0.408 seconds behind winner Luis Salom (KTM). The historic achievement for both Mahindra Racing and India, was a valuable boost in the Championship.

28 Jun 2003

Second Pole; First In 250cc: Portuguese teenager Miguel Oliveira claimed a small piece of history at the Dutch GP, fighting back to secure our first pole position in the 250cc category of Moto3™. And Mahindra Racing’s second pole.

5 Nov 2011

Our First Pole Position: 20-year-old British rider Danny Webb recorded a stunning pole position at the wet qualifying practice of the Valencia GP. It was historic for not only being our first-ever pole, but also the last World Championship pole in the 125cc category.

20 Mar 2011

Entered the MotoGP™ World Championship Series: We became the first Indian manufacturer to compete in the Moto3™ class of the world’s most challenging and premiere Road Racing Championship Series.

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