It was an emotional and proud moment for Mahindra Racing as the team clocked its maiden victory in grand prix. Mahindra Moto3 racer Pecco Bagnaia made history in the Dutch GP at Assen, fighting every inch of the way to claim his first grand prix win. This was not only the first win for the Mahindra Moto3 team, but the first ever in the history of the sport for an Indian constructor. The 19-year-old Italian’s triumph came after one of the fiercest races of the season. It was close race as the top three crossed the line within four hundredths of a second; the top six inside two tenths.
Bagnaia started on the tenth position, on the fourth row of the grid, but he put his white-liveried Aspar Mahindra racer at the sharp end throughout. Victory came after the best season so far for the Mahindra MGP3O racing motorcycle. Bagnaia had already claimed three, top-three podium places. This first race win halfway through the 2016 season was a result of Mahindra Racing’s hard-won progress, and a reward for tireless work at the Indian company’s racing bike development and engineering facility in Italy.
Indian automotive and industrial giant Mahindra made a low-key start in grand prix racing in 2011, taking over an existing team in the final year of the old 125cc two-stroke formula. In 2012, with the advent of 250cc four-stroke Moto3 machines, Mahindra embraced full constructor status, with their own machine; and in 2013 launched the all-new MGP3O.
Mahindra Group Chairman Anand Mahindra said in a tweet, “How do I explain my emotions? Sorry for being a wimp, but I am moved to tears. Triumph over so many hurdles and scepticism.”
With this victory, Bagnaia moved up to fourth in the championship, just four points away from third. Can Bagnaia deliver the same result in the German GP at the Sachsenring? We’ll have to wait for three more weeks to find that out. Meanwhile, let us know your views about Mahindra Racing’s and Bagnaia’s victory in Assen through the comments section below.