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At the race weekend in Assen one week ago, Mahindra announced their withdrawal from the Moto3™ class at the end of the season after six years of racing in the lightweight class. The Indian manufacturer have justified the step around strategic internal changes.
Following numerous negotiations, already conducted by PrüstelGP management prior to the announcement, a contract with KTM was signed on Sunday at the Sachsenring. Having fixed the deal with KTM, the team now hopes to expedite the negotiations with potential riders for 2018.
Despite their withdrawal, Mahindra and Peugeot will still provide their full support to the Peugeot Motocycles SAXOPRINT, as well as the other Mahindra teams for the rest of the season.
Florian Prüstel, managing director PrüstelGP: “The contract with the Austrian manufacturer has a duration of one year but if it is possible we (would) like to expand our cooperation in addition to this. For us it is important to think strategically. After Mahindra´s announcement we wanted to bring clarity and also stability for our sponsors as fast as possible.”