Mahindra has been the only Indian manufacturer to compete in the Moto3 class of MotoGP over the last few years. They have also competed in the Italian National CIV Championship. Having tastedÂ the podium in Moto3 as well as having clinched the Italian championship last year, theirÂ racing division is on a roll as they are now entering the FIM CEV InternationalÂ Championship this year with their MGP30, 250cc four-stroke machine. This is theÂ same bike which is proving to be the most popular among teams in the 2014 Moto3 class with as many asÂ eight entries on the grid (two factory and six privateer teams).
Mahindra Racing is fielding two of these Suter-developed motorcycles in the CEVÂ Championship with the Spanish Mahindra TMR Competicion team. The seriesÂ is Dorna-run, and is based in Spain and has become the main feeder series for new ridersÂ into Grand Prix motorcycle racing. The rider line-up is talented too and 17-year-oldÂ Spanish rider Albert Arenas (who will pilot one of the motorcycles) winning a race in the CEV Championship in 2013 andÂ 15-year-old Italian Stefano Manzi (on the second motorcycle) winning a race in the Italian CIV Championship.
âIt has been a very busy winter for us,â says Mahindra Racing CEO MufaddalÂ Choonia. âThe excellent performance of the MGP3O in the World Championship ledÂ to a lot of interest from customer teams and so it will be great to see eight MahindraÂ bikes on the grid in Qatar. Adding Mahindra TMR Competicionâs CEV programmeÂ makes sense for us as it is a great opportunity to gain even more data from our bikeÂ that will feed into our development programme. It also enables us to assess theÂ Moto3 stars of the future. We had great success with our Italian racing programme,Â winning the 2013 Constructorsâ and Ridersâ titles, and I hope that Mahindra TMRÂ Competicion can replicate that in Spain.â
Mahindra to compete in FIM Moto 3
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Mahindra MGP3O Bikes to Debut in FIM CEV Repsol International Championship with Exciting Young Talent On Board
Mumbai, India, March 18, 2014: Mahindra Racing will extend its international racing programme to include the competitive FIM CEV International Championship in 2014. The ground-breaking Indian constructor will supply two MGP3O Moto3â˘ racers to the Spanish Mahindra TMR Competicion team for a new programme in the Dorna-run, Spain-based series that has become the main feeder of new riders into Grand Prix motorcycle racing.
Mahindra Racing has been competing as a factory team in the Moto3 World Championship, part of the MotoGPâ˘ series, since its inception in 2012. But this year the factory pairing of Portuguese Miguel Oliveira and Australian Arthur Sissis are joined by six âcustomerâ MGP3O bikes in the World Championship. The addition of two further bikes in the CEV programme is aimed to assist with the development and set-up of the MGP3O, while also giving Mahindra the opportunity to assess some exciting new racing talent.
The Mahindra TMR Competicion team has secured the services of 17-year-old Spanish rider Albert Arenas and exciting 15-year-old Italian Stefano Manzi. Both riders are bright prospects who come to Mahindra with excellent pedigree: Arenas was a race winner in the CEV Championship in 2013 while ex-Red Bull Rookie Manzi won a race in the CIV Italian Moto3 Championship.
âOur new involvement in the CEV series is an exciting addition to our growing racing programme,â explains Mr SP Shukla, Chairman of Mahindra Racing and President of Mahindra Group Strategy. âIn addition to the technical benefits, it gives us the chance to keep an eye on new emerging talent in motorcycle racing. Mahindraâs corporate philosophy of âRiseâ is perfectly embodied in this new initiative which seeks to help realize the potential of young riders. We will be keeping a close eye on the progress of Albert and Stefano in Spain.â
âIt has been a very busy winter for us,â adds Mahindra Racing CEO Mufaddal Choonia. âThe excellent performance of the MGP3O in the World Championship led to a lot of interest from customer teams and so it will be great to see eight Mahindra bikes on the grid in Qatar. Adding Mahindra TMR Competicionâs CEV programme makes sense for us as it is a great opportunity to gain even more data from our bike that will feed into our development programme. It also enables us to assess the Moto3 stars of the future. We had great success with our Italian racing programme, winning the 2013 Constructorsâ and Ridersâ titles, and I hope that Mahindra TMR Competicion can replicate that in Spain.â
Mahindra Racingâs World Championship season gets underway on Sunday 23 March in Qatar while the CEV International Championship begins on 6 April in Jerez.