125: Mahindra aims to spring Spanish surprise

Crash.net

Thu, 31 Mar 17:30:56 2011

New 125cc World Championship manufacturer, Mahindra, heads to this weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix at Jerez aiming to score its first ever points.

It’s a realistic goal for the Indian company, which came agonisingly close to scoring on its grand prix debut in Qatar, when Mahindra Racing's Danny Webb crossed the line in 16th place - less than 0.4sec from 15th and the final point.

“I’m looking forward to Jerez as for me it’s where the season really starts,” said Webb. “In Qatar we made fantastic progress with the bike, especially with finding a good set-up and getting the suspension to work well with my riding style. Jerez is a track that I know well, but it’s one that every rider knows well as we test here so much."

Team-mate Marcel Schrötter, 21st in Qatar, also has points as his target.

“I am developing my understanding of how the GP125 works, especially with the front end of the bike and how it reacts to braking, so I am hoping for another step forward in Jerez,” said the German.

”My goal for Jerez is definitely to be in the top 15 through all sessions and qualifying and then finish in the points in the race. It’s a track I know well and I am feeling very positive.”

Practice at Jerez starts on Friday.

 

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