Mahindra has announced that it will supply two of its 2013 MGP3O machines to Ambrogio Racing, the team's first Moto3 customer.
Ambrogio, presently using Honda-powered Suter bikes, will debut the Mahindra bikes at Misano in two weeks time. They will be ridden by the team's German rider, Luca Amato, and South African team-mate Brad Binder for the remainder of the season.
Ambrogio Racing owner Fiorenzo Caponera said: “Improving the team's performance is our constant target, as we want to give our riders the best possible chance of showing their talent. Mahindra is a recent name in the World Championship, but its commitment and excellent results so far this season make Mahindra the perfect choice for our programme.”
Now designed and built in partnership with Suter (chassis and engine) Mahindra's single-cylinder 250cc racer has been a big step forward relative to last year's troubled machine.
In the first half of this season, Mahindra Racing has claimed four front row starts, including one pole position, and regularly fought in the leading group of the Moto3 class, narrowly missing the podium in a number of races.
“So far this season we have definitely proved the reliability and performance of the MGP3O,” said Mufaddal Choonia, CEO of Mahindra Racing. “We are confident of further improvements and there is a lot of development work still under way in Switzerland and India at the moment.
“There has been a great deal of interest from other teams, and we are very excited about seeing five Mahindra MGP3O machines on the grid at Misano. We are looking forward to a fruitful partnership with Ambrogio Racing. I can say that this is almost something historic for Indian automotive engineering.
“The Mahindra race bike is excellent value, as an overall package, and it is great to be breaking new ground as an Indian constructor.”
The agreement with Ambrogio means that five Mahindras will be on the Misano grid: Official Mahindra riders, Miguel Oliveira and Efrén Vázquez, the new Ambrogio bikes plus a wild-card entry for Mahindra Racing's Italian Championship (CIV) Moto3 leader Andrea Locatelli (16).
Moto3 regulations dictate that manufacturers must be prepared to supply up to 15 riders in the class, and Mahindra Racing has geared up for further production in time for the 2014 season.