Valencia, Saturday 5 November 2011: Mahindra Racing unveiled its new Moto3 challenger, the MGP30 (pronounced three oh) today. Mahindra became the first Indian company to enter MotoGP when Mahindra Racing opened its account at the Qatar Grand Prix in March this year. With 16 of the 17 2011 races now under its belt, the team aims to finish the season on a high tomorrow by claiming third place in the Constructors’ Championship and 15th in the riders’ standings for German teenager Marcel Schrötter.
“I have been watching our progress in the 125cc class all year and am now delighted to finally have the opportunity to witness the fantastic spectacle of MotoGP first hand,” said Mr Anand Mahindra, Vice Chairman & Managing Director, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. “I am doubly pleased to be able to unveil the Mahindra Racing MGP30 in person. When the Mahindra Group sets itself a challenge, we employ ingenuity, determination and serious commitment to RISE and succeed. We have used the final year of the 125cc class to study and learn while concurrently developing our Moto3 bike in Italy. I am very proud of the achievement of our team, riders and engineers this year and very excited by the prospect of watching our wonderful new bike compete in this new class in 2012.
“Mahindra has made a strong commitment to MotoGP. We are here for the long term and we intend to succeed. Ladies and gentlemen, watch out! The Indians are coming.”
The Mahindra MGP30 has been developed in conjunction with specialist two-wheeler design firm Engines Engineering . The neat package, liveried in red and white, features a tubular steel frame and aluminium swing arm. The Mahindra-homologated 250cc, single-cylinder engine has been developed in conjunction with Oral Engineering.
Also on hand at the unveiling of the MGP30 were Mr Anoop Mathur (President, Two-Wheeler Sector, Mahindra and Mahindra), Mr Ruzbeh Irani (Executive Vice President – Corporate Strategy & Chief Brand Officer, Mahindra Group), Prashant Kamat (CEO, Mahindra Engineering Systems), Mr Alberto Strazzari (CEO, Engines Engineering) and Mr Mufaddal Choonia (Team Principal, Mahindra Racing). MotoGP promoter Dorna was represented by managing director Mr Manel Arroyo.
Mahindra Racing’s 20-year-old British rider Danny Webb capped an exciting first day in the paddock for Mr Mahindra by recording a stunning pole position. It was the Indian team’s first-ever and historic for being the last ever World Championship 125cc pole.
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The Mahindra Group focuses on enabling people to rise. Mahindra operates in the key industries that drive economic growth, enjoying a leadership position in tractors, utility vehicles, information technology, vacation ownership, rural and semi-urban financial services, etc. Mahindra has a significant and growing presence amongst others, in the automotive industry, agribusiness, aerospace, automotive components, consulting services, defence, energy, industrial equipment, logistics, real estate, retail, steel and two wheelers.
A US $12.5 billion multinational group based in Mumbai, India, Mahindra employs more than 1,37,000 people in over 100 countries. In 2011, Mahindra featured on the Forbes Global 2000 list, a listing of the biggest and most powerful listed companies in the world. For four years in a row, Mahindra has featured in the Forbes Asia’s Fab 50 List of the 50 best publicly traded companies in the Asia-Pacific regions. Dun & Bradstreet also ranked Mahindra at No. 1 in the automobile sector in its list of India’s Top 500 Companies.
In 2010, Mahindra featured in the Credit Suisse Great Brands of Tomorrow. Its flagship company Mahindra & Mahindra Limited is the only Indian automobile manufacturer to feature in the top 10 list of the Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index in India - 2010, created by the Carbon Disclosure (CDP). In 2011, Mahindra acquired a majority stake in Korea’s SsangYong Motor Company.
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