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The new component is of bespoke Mahindra Racing design, built in-house at the company’s Research and Development centre in Besozzo, Italy. The centre boasts a full complement of technical staff and state-of-the-art development facilities that allow the only Indian constructor in World Championship motorcycle racing to become fully independent in its development of the MGP3O.
Mahindra Racing is working on numerous upgrades for all aspects of the Mahindra Moto3™ machine, with the aim of maximising the performance of the 2016 bike and developing significant upgrades for the 2017 season.
The new gear shifter has undergone a rigorous testing programme with the Mahindra Racing junior team in the FIM CEV Moto3™ Junior World Championship, where it has proven to be highly effective, providing a clear improvement to the previous shifter. The junior team provides an extremely important testbed for Mahindra Racing, evaluating parts that will be added in later 2016 upgrades, as well as engine updates that, under the rules of the class, cannot be introduced until the 2017 season.
“Full credit to our hardworking staff at the Mahindra Racing research and development centre for this improvement,” commented Mufaddal Choonia, CEO, Mahindra Racing. “We’re still a relatively new manufacturer, and the increased speed and quality of these updates to the MGP3O will further increase our competitiveness in the Moto3 World Championship. We’ve started the season with three podium finishes in the first six races, but we want to be consistently fighting at the front.”
“As a young manufacturer, we are proud that our new racing headquarters has come up to speed so quickly thereby making us a ‘complete manufacturer’. We are ready to take the next step, fully develop the bike ourselves, pushing our racing programme forward and fighting for race wins on a regular basis.”