Mahindra had a successful 2013 season in the Moto3 Championship which saw¬†the team regularly finishing in top 10 and eventually grabbing a third place finish¬†in Malayasia at the hands of Miguel Oliveira. This splendid result has resulted in¬†Mahindra having eight full time riders in this year’s championship.
Along with its factory team line-up of Miguel Oliveira and Arthur Sissis, the Indian¬†constructor will support Ambrogio Racing (Brad Binder, Jules Danilo), CIP Moto3¬†(Bryan Schouten, Alessandro Tonucci) and San Carlo Team Italia (Andrea Locatelli,¬†Matteo Ferrari) with identical MGP3O bikes. This will ensure that all eight riders will¬†have the opportunity to fight at the front during the course of the season. It may be that Mahindra¬†has partnered with Suter Racing Technology in 2013 to develop these bikes.
Mahindra Racing technical director Davide Borghesi said, ‚ÄúThe bikes are identical to¬†the factory machines, and we have two track support staff at each race to work closely¬†with the three customer teams. It is an impressive achievement for such a young¬†constructor as Mahindra to be fielding the second highest number of bikes on the¬†grid‚ÄĚ.
During the final pre-season test at Jerez with Oliveira, the team could manage only tenth¬†place which was 0.353s from the fastest lap by KTM’s Jack Miller.¬†Later on the Portugese rider said, ‚ÄúIt’s been a good test, We had a good base from last¬†year and from the previous tests so no big changes to the bike, just small adjustments¬†on the engine braking, clutch and other settings. Overall I am happy with all of the¬†work this winter.”
Mahindra Racing CEO Mufaddal Choonia said, ‚ÄúThis test isn’t about positions, but¬†about fine tuning and developing our strategies for mapping and set up, not only for¬†our Mahindra Racing bikes but also with our new customer teams. Testing has been¬†positive.
Behind Oliveira, Binder was the next best Mahindra in 16th place (+0.726s), with¬†Sissis and Tonucci within 1.2s off the top.