Mahindra Racing sees hard work paying off

Mahindra Racing reaction Mugello race
Monday, 3 June 2013

All at Mahindra Racing were highly encouraged by their result in Sunday’s Moto3™ race at Mugello, as Miguel Oliveira ran at the front and finished in fourth position.

The Portuguese was involved in a dramatic six-rider battle for victory and at times led the race as positions continued to change. His fourth place was the best yet for the Indian manufacturer, which entered the sport in the final year of the 125 class in 2011.

“It really has been a fantastic weekend and I’m so glad it’s come at Mugello because it happens to be one of the toughest circuits around the world – very fast and very technical,” Mufaddal Choonia, CEO of Mahindra Racing, told motogp.com. “Hats off to Miguel and to the team, who all put the bike together. I’m really, really delighted and don’t think we could have asked for anything more.

“We have worked very hard on this bike. Last year was a very disappointing season and towards the end of it we said, ‘We have to do something different; we can’t just come here and be in the position we are in.’ So we completely changed everything: we got a new team, new partners and there was a lot of involvement from Mahindra back in India, so the complete way of working has been different and I’m so glad it is actually showing results…this bike was still on the drawing board in October.

Oliveira was also boosted by the performance after an energy-draining Grand Prix.

“Overall, the race was really difficult,” said the 18-year-old from Lisbon. “We started from sixth position and we know how important the slipstream is at this circuit, so I didn’t want to let the front group get away. From there it was just about controlling it and trying to defend from the riders behind. Two laps from the end, everybody decided to attack and it was quite difficult to manage – to both defend myself and attack. We came really close to the podium and I think that gives us some motivation to keep up with this good job over the next races.”

“Right now, the project is very new and we are very glad that it is actually showing these results,” Choonia begins to conclude. “We want to wait – we don’t want to count our chickens before they hatch, as we say – and let’s see how things go in the future.”

Five races into the 2013 campaign, Oliveira sits seventh in the Moto3™ standings and just two points away from the top five, whereas teammate Efren Vazquez continues to recover from a collarbone-breaking crash at Le Mans last month.

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