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Mahindra’s Migno impresses in eighth

Mahindra’s Migno impresses in eighth

Mahindra Racing’s rookie recruit Andrea Migno produced a fantastic ride to take eighth position in only his second World Championship race of the year on Sunday, at the Gran Premio TIM di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini.

Teenager Migno, a graduate from Valentino Rossi’s VR46 Riders Academy, came through from 22nd on the grid to join the cream of the Moto3™ class, not only holding his own in a big gang battling for seventh place – including three current GP winners – but working his way to the front of it.

The 18 year-old lost seventh place only on the last lap, finishing second in a group of five riders.

Migno lives just five kilometres from the Misano circuit, but has very little previous circuit experience, having come to prominence racing in the FIM CEV Repsol series.

He joined Mahindra at the previous round in Silverstone, taking the place of Australian rider Arthur Sissis for the remainder of the 2014 season. Migno also rode at Catalunya and Brno last year and he will now look to further build up his experience over the forthcoming five rounds, which will complete the current campaign.

On securing his best GP result to date in front of the home fans he commented, “They are a wonderful crowd! I had a great race, we started quite far back but the bike was perfect. I managed to do a good job, lap after lap, the pace was good and I managed to get up to eighth place. I want to thank everyone, from VR46 and the team that gave me this chance. Now we wait for Aragon, where we will try to do even better. It was a good race, I enjoyed it at the end, fighting with these guys who are all very fast.”

He continued, “I like the bike a lot and it is also very easy to ride. I managed to push right from the start. I'm satisfied, but we will always try to improve a little bit, to gain some positions.”

Regarding the pressure of handling his big break in Grand Prix he added, “It is a big challenge, but my trainer has helped me to remain focused and stay calm in critical situations. I'm happy and I have no problems.”

Migno’s positive result lifted the spirits for Mahindra Racing after his teammate Miguel Oliveira crashed out of third place, missing out on a good chance for a second podium of the season.

Moto3, 2014, GP TIM DI SAN MARINO E DELLA RIVIERA DI RIMINI, Andrea Migno, Mahindra Racing

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