Mahindra Racing showed strong progress at the final pre-season test for the 125cc World Championship season with riders Danny Webb and Marcel Schrötter at Jerez on March 4-6. The Mahindra Group is the first Indian motorcycle manufacturer to enter a team into the prestigious FIM Road Racing World Championship and both riders were riding full liveried silver and red Mahindra GP125s for the first time. The team were able to verify that good progress has been made with the engine delivering strong and tractable power, whilst identifying other areas for development on the bike to propel it to the front of the grid.
Despite a predominantly wet first day at the test, held on the 4.4km Jerez circuit, significant mileage was covered in the dry weather of the second two days. Rider Danny Webb outlined his intent by going out early in each session to put the Mahindra name at the top of the timing monitors, before their more experienced rivals laid down faster times showing the level of competition which Mahindra faces in this tough battleground. The team’s bikes will now be freighted direct from Jerez to Qatar where Mahindra will make their race debut on the world stage on March 17-20 at the Losail International Circuit for the first round of the 125cc World Championship.