Danny Webb will make a shock return to grand prix, in place of Karel Hanika at the Platinum-Bay Real Estate (Mahindra) Moto3 team.

Webb raced in the 125GP/Moto3 class from 2007 until part-way through the 2013 season, when he was forced out of the Ambrogio (Suter Honda) squad and made a brief switch to World Supersport.

The Englishman later competed in British Supersport, plus some road racing events such as the Isle of Man TT and test riding.

The highlight of Webb's grand prix career is a pole position for the factory Mahindra team at the last event for the 125cc class, at Valencia in 2011, while his best championship raking was tenth overall the previous year.

The Platinum-Bay Real Estate team declared that former Red Bull Rookies Cup champion and factory KTM rider Hanika had been dropped due to 'no results' after seven races.

'The decision was also a result of problems between the rider and the bike which were evident from the start of the season and have never been solved. This situation left no hope for improvement in view of the future stages of the World Championship.

'In the place of Hanika comes Danny Webb, born in 1991, the UK Rider who has ridden during the winter of 2015/2016 as a test rider and had a tangible contribution to the development of Mahindra.

'Webb is a rider who can already boast impressive results, even if he has been out of the World Championship circus for several seasons. Webb's teammate obviously remains Darryn Binder.'


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MotoStar: What a coincidence, I was only thinking about this guy the other day and wondering whatever happened to him! A real shame for Hanika. After being the best rider from Red Bull Rookies, Moto3 just didn't work out for him at all. Hope he will get another chance to do something soon.[\blockquote]

He's been doing road racing. Was at the TT (27th in superstock. 26th in the Senior) and the NW200 this year. Before then he was doing stuff in BSB meetings. A solid rider, capable of 120+mph laps on the IOM - no mean feat.

And he's likely to save the team a fortune in repair bills....[\blockquote]

He did ok at the Isle of Mann and in BSS - but DAM, he has put on some bark... no offence but he does not have the build for Moto3 nowadays... very strange move.

Still remember him taking Mahindra's first pole in 125, welcome back Danny. I'll bet the repair man at this team is breathing a sigh of relief!