Mahindra is all set to unveil its 250CC four stroke Moto3 machine at Valencia. The Indian manufacturer, made its debut in the 125cc World Championship this season with riders Marcel Schrotter and Danny Webb. The riders in all probability will end the season at the 16th and 19th positions according to the current overall standings. The new Moto3 vehicle will be unveiled none other that Mr Anand Mahindra, vice chairman and managing director of the Mahindra Group.
For the multi-national automotive industry giant, the two-wheel Grand Prix project is a vital part of its growing motorcycle business, providing not only publicity but also priceless research and development for the Mahindra brand. The Italy-based Mahindra team is the only one in the class to build its own chassis and engine. “We always want more, but our first year has been exciting and encouraging,” said team principal Mufaddal Choonia. “The results show that our unique machine has improved a lot in speed and reliability. We will be putting everything into making out two-stroke racer’s last appearance one to remember.”
He added: “We will also race at our best to pay our respects to Marco Simoncelli. The team was hit hard by his tragic accident in Malaysia. He was not only a future star, but also a well-loved member of our racing community. All our condolences went out to his family and friends.”
Sunday’s race at Valencia is the 17th and final round in the last ever 125 championship, with the title yet to be decided between Spain’s Nico Terol and Frenchman Johan Zarco. Run on the twisty 2.49-mile (4.005-km) Ricardo Tormo circuit outside the city, the final event always attracts huge crowds.