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Mahindra launches Moto3 bike at Valencia

"As the popularity of bike racing grows and the impact of new, state-of-the-art facilities such as the Buddh International Circuit are felt, I think we shall naturally see a rise in the standards of two-wheeled racing in India.

"Eventually, we'll see stars emerge who can compete in MotoGP and we shall be very happy to support them. But, we do not believe that we should push Indian riders into the World Championship unless they are demonstrating that they have the potential, talent, determination and speed to be there on merit."

The Mahindra MGP30 Moto 3 bike has been developed in conjunction with specialist design firm Engines Engineering. It features a tubular steel frame and aluminium swing arm. The Mahindra-homologated 250cc, single-cylinder engine has been developed in conjunction with Oral Engineering.

Mahindra rider Danny Webb capped an exciting day for the team by taking the last ever 125cc grand prix pole position during a damp qualifying.

"It's very exciting for all of us to have that winning feeling – although we can't get ahead of ourselves, the race is tomorrow," said Mr Mahindra after qualifying. "The team has made a lot of progress in our first year, and this pole position is a good reward. Let's hope for a good race."

Mahindra's best finish so far this season is ninth place for Marcel Schrotter at Assen. Schrotter is 16th in the championship, Webb 19th.

Tagged as: Yamaha , Assen , Valencia , 125 , Danny Webb

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