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Indian Manufacturer Enters Grand Prix

Friday, January 21, 2011
Indian-based automotive group Mahindra has officially announced its entry into the Grand Prix paddock. The first-ever Indian manufacturer in the series, Mahindra will campaign the finale 125 GP championship with riders Danny Webb and Marcel Schrotter. The Mahindra Racing effort will continue beyond the 125 era when the class switches to the 4-stroke Moto3.

English rider Danny Webb will campaign his fifth 125GP season
competing 2011 with Mahindra Racing, the first Indian
manufacturer to enter Grand Prix racing..

“It is a matter of great pride for us to represent India in the world’s most prestigious two-wheeled race series,” said Anand Mahindra, Vice-Chairman and Managing Director, Mahindra Group in a company press release. “Mahindra Motorcycles will compete with the best in class, and it will be an ideal opportunity for us to showcase our strengths in the engineering and IT domains. MotoGP is the ultimate test for the finest talents in motorcycle racing and an immensely popular championship with a cult following. Our participation will also help us leverage the power of global branding for the Mahindra Group.”

Mahindra is one of India’s largest industrial groups, with a strong automotive division. Mahindra entered India’s high-volume, small-displacement two-wheeler market in 2008 when it purchased a controlling interest in Kinetic Motor Company. Mahindra also acquired the Italian-based Engines Engineering in 2008. With experience in Grand Prix racing stretching back to 2003, including 125 projects, Engines Engineering will provide the technical expertise for the Mahindra Racing effort.

The 19-year-old Webb has competed four full seasons in 125 GP, his best finish 10th overall in 2010. The English riders ’10 campaign featured numerous top-10 finishes, including a season best of sixth at the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix.

“I hope that all the experience I have racing in the 125cc class can help this new but ambitious team and I can take a step up this year,” said Webb of his new 2011 team. “It is a privilege to ride for the first Indian team to enter the World Championship. There seems to be a real buzz about India in international sport at the moment and it would be great if we get a good Indian following.”

The 2010 125GP campaign marked Marcel Schrotter first full season in Grand Prix. The German failed to log a top-10 run in ’10, his best showing 12th. The 18-year-old did notch a fifth-place result at the 2009 Valencia 125 finale, one of three Grand Prix he competed in that year.

The Mahindra Racing effort will make its track debut during the first tests of the new year in February.
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kmx888   March 2, 2011 07:04 AM
I am sometimes surprised at how little we Americans know of the world around us. India manufactures about 10 times the number of motorcycles each year than are sold in the entire US. Not throw away Chinese scooters but brutally strong dependable small cc motorcycles. Check and see who owns KTM. You might be surprised. Over time these guys have the money and the persistance to kick a** at whatever motorcycle racing they decide to do. It will be fun to watch
Thomas So. Can -Hey Hal ?1?1  January 24, 2011 06:49 PM
Watch what you type partner. Someone dressed like a pirate, namely Milwaukee Mike, will get hacked off. Hahaha
Hal -Less then last!  January 23, 2011 08:07 AM
At least he wasn't riding a Harley. If he did he would come in less then last place!
Roshan -hmmm  January 23, 2011 12:02 AM
To beat someone, you gotta come from behind!
fast eddie -indian motorbike!  January 22, 2011 12:43 PM
Hence the term BACK MARKER!!
Nick -Well,  January 22, 2011 06:12 AM
Someone's got to be last.