The only Indian factory racing outfit to compete in international motorcycle Grand Prix racing, Mahindra Raching has signed 16-year-old Andrea Locatelli and 17-year-old Michael Rinaldi as the team’s new riders for the 2013 season of the Italian National Motorcycle Racing Championship (CIV). The seaons would beging in Mugello on April 6 this year. The two riders will represent Mahindra Racing in the Moto3 (250cc, 4 stroke) class of the championship.
The CIV Championship organised by FMI-Federazione Motociclistica Italiana been one of the leading national motorcycle racing competitions in Europe with legends like Giacomo Agostini and Valentino Rossi having raced at the championship in their good old days.
Andrea Locatelli said, “I am thrilled to have joined a committed Indian team like Mahindra Racing for the CIV Season 2013. I have been following their development in the past and I am impressed by the progress they have made in such a short span of time.”
Michael Rinaldi expressed “Mahindra Racing enjoys considerable support from the motorsports community in India and I look forward to working along with Locatelli and doing really well for the team in the coming months. Though the championship is highly competitive, we are confident of a strong performance on a good machine”.
Provisional 2013 Calendar
R1 – R2: 6 – 7 April, Mugello
R3 – R4: 25 – 26 May, Vallelunga
R5 – R6: 15 – 16 June, Misano
R7 – R8: 27 – 28 July, Imola
R9 – R10: 21 – 22 September, Mugello
Mahindra Racing became the first team from India to win an international motorsport championship in Europe winning the Constructors’ Title in the 125GP class of the CIV at their 2012 debut.
We at Motoroids wish Mahindra Racing all the very best for the season and hope they ‘RISE’ again to the ocassion.