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125: Indian manufacturers to make GP debut?

Mahindra and Mahindra to enter 125cc World Championship?
The final year of the 125cc World Championship could feature a new manufacturer, with Indian brand Mahindra and Mahindra (M&M) planning a 2011 entry.

"This category [125cc] is relevant to people in India as the bulk of the bikes [sold here] are in the 110cc and 125cc," quotes Anand Mahindra, Vice-Chairman and Managing Director of Mahindra & Mahindra group as saying.

"The advertising in the recent Football World Cup [for the group's technology arm Mahindra Satyam] made us understand the power of global branding and benefited the group.

"So this is an interesting sequential chapter to our global branding effort."

A formal announcement on M&M's 125cc grand prix plans should be made "shortly".

India will host its first F1 race next October and there are rumours that the country could join the MotoGP calendar.

Five manufacturers scored points in this year's 125cc World Championship: Derbi and Aprilia (both owned by Piaggio), Honda, KTM and Lambretta.

A new four-stroke Moto3 class will replace 125cc from 2012.

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Luke - Unregistered

November 16, 2010 12:10 PM

You ARE kidding mate - Harley Davidson??? Massively overweight, low power, dreadful handling. Bikes for 50 somethings that want to trundle along a straight freeway and scared to death of going round corners. Melt one down, and you could make three good bikes from it. The only time HD ever did anything on the international front was when they raced the 250/350 2 stroke twins in the 70's ... and they were produced by their Italian Aeromachi subsidiary.

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