Despite an unimpressive outing at the Moto3 race at the Qatar Grand Prix yesterday, it turned out to be a fine Easter Sunday for the Mahindra Racing team thanks to some incredible news trickling in from the ongoing Italian Championships in Imola.
Riccardo Moretti clinched back-to-back wins for the Indian team in Italy, and more importantly, MR’s second driver Sarath Kumar created history by becoming the first Indian ever to win points at an international motorsport event after he finished in seventh spot. Kumar’s feat becomes that much more special considering he started from 20th position on the grid after crashing during the qualifying session.
At the Losail International Circuit here however MR’s British rider Danny Webb finished 18th from a 23rd qualifying start position, while German Marcel Schotter exited the race after four laps due to a technical snag. The riders exuded confidence nevertheless. “The good thing is that the bike’s chassis is good and we’re doing well around the corners. We need to get some more power in the straights though and since the bike will go back to the garage after this race, we can work on a few things therein to better its power. This is only our first Moto3 race of the season and I strongly believe a podium finish (Top 3) is not very far away,” said Webb.
The Mahindra camp was ecstatic nevertheless thanks to their Imola antics — their second win after Moretti stole the show in the opening race two weeks ago at Mugello too.
“Riccardo has shown tremendous skill and expertise in negotiating the Imola track under damp conditions. And we are particularly proud of our very own Sarath having scoring his first ever international points,” said Anand Mahindra, vice chairman and managing director, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd.