We all know that Mahindra will be competing in the 2011 MotoGP 125cc category. Now the company has officially revealed the logo and other details about the racing team. Danny Webb from UK and Marcel Schrötter from Germany will be riding for Mahindra racing in 125cc category from the first race in March 2011 in Qatar. The company today introduced the two riders to the Indian media on their visit to the Mahindra headquarters in Mumbai. According to the company, participation in the event will “enhance Mahindra’s global branding efforts as well as assisting its expansion in India’s rapidly growing powered two wheeler market.”
Mahindra’s entry to the MotoGP Championship follows its acquisition of Engines Engineering of Italy, a company that has been constructing race bikes and providing specialised components and technical support for teams in MotoGP since 2003. The Mahindra World Championship motorcycle has been designed and developed by the Italian two wheeler specialist.
Speaking about Mahindra’s participation in the MotoGP Championships, Mr. Anand Mahindra, Vice-Chairman and Managing Director, Mahindra Group, said, “It is a matter of great pride for us to represent India in the world’s most prestigious two-wheeled race series. Mahindra Motorcycles will compete with the best in class, and it will be an ideal opportunity for us to showcase our strengths in the engineering and IT domains. MotoGP is the ultimate test for the finest talents in motorcycle racing and an immensely popular championship with a cult following. Our participation will also help us leverage the power of global branding for the Mahindra Group.”
Here is a brief profile of the two Mahindra Racing riders for 2011
Danny Webb, UK
Danny is a young rider from Kent in the UK who, at the age of 19, already boasts a wealth of experience. He began his riding career at the age of six, when he participated in the British Junior Motocross championship before switching onto the track with the Mini Moto championship after three years. In 2003, he became the South East Junior Mini Moto Champion. In 2004, Danny took his first steps in circuit racing when he participated in the MRO Aprilia Superteens championship, where his young talent was soon noticed. In 2005, at the age of 14, he was invited to join the MotoGP Academy and raced in both the British and Spanish 125 Championships.
In 2006, Danny remained in the MotoGP Academy and raced in the Spanish open 125 championship, before moving to the 125 World Championship in 2007 with the DeGraaf Grand Prix team. In 2010, he moved to the Andalucia Cajasol Grand Prix team where he had his most successful season in the top class to date finishing 10th overall.
Marcel Schrotter, Germany
Marcel hails from Pflugdorf in Germany and was the 2002 Pocket Bike German champion. In 2005 and 2006, he secured second and third place in the ADAC Junior Cup (125 cc), respectively. He was the 2009 IDM German champion (125 cc) and the UEM European Champion in 2009. In 2010, he participated in the 125 cc category of the MotoGP World Championship where he rode for Team Interwetten Honda.
According to Marcel Schrötter, the 18-year-old former German and European 125cc champion,: “It is exciting to be part of an international collaboration, especially with a company like Mahindra whose ethos is to support upcoming talent. With a year’s experience in the World Championship under my belt, I am now looking forward to making a mark with Mahindra Racing at the MotoGP World Championships.”