By Lisa Lewis
Danny Webb will start the 2013 season with a new team, moving to World Wide Communication after two years with Mahindra during which he made the transition from 125cc, where he took the final pole of the class in Valencia in the wet, to the current Moto3 class.
It will be Webb's seventh season in the junior grand prix class, his best performance so far being the 2010 125cc season where he finished tenth in the World Championship standings with 93 points for the Andalucia Cajaso Team.
Webb said of his new venture: “First of all, I want to thank Mahindra for all the support they have provided to me in the past two years. It is true to say that, if it were not for them, I would not be here.
“Secondly, I would also like to thank World Wide Communication for the trust and the investment they are making in me and my career. I'm really looking forward to working with my new team”.
WWC are currently running Alex Marquez and Guilian Pedone under the Ambrogio Next Racing banner.
Team owner Fiorenzo Caponera said: “I consulted this year's entry list quite a few times, asking myself who I wanted with my team for the future. Every time, the answer has always been the same – Danny was the man. And, while in recent years I was chosen by riders, this time I've been able to pick up precisely the one I believe is the right one to achieve the result we aim for”.
Mahindra, meanwhile, are currently the only Team using an Oral designed engine, a decision which has contributed to only one points scoring performance this year for the Indian manufacturer, a twelfth place for Marcel Schrotter in the wet in Le Mans.
Schrotter has already left the team and is now in Moto2 with SAG. Mahindra have announced a new partnership with Suter for both its engine and chassis next season.