Mahindra Racing successfully completed its second pre-season test for the 2013 Moto3 World Championship. The group-test on Jerez Circuit in Spain saw the Indian team’s two new riders complete the test with the fifth and eighth fastest times of the 33 Moto3 participants.
Three trouble-free days for Mahindra’s all-new MGP-3O were marred only by rain on the final day that led to an early finish for the team.
Portuguese rider, Miguel Oliveira, recorded the fifth fastest time of the test (1’47.958). The 17 year old from Pragal near Lisbon, was also among the quickest in the wet conditions of Thursday. “I’m really happy that we had the opportunity to continue the job started in Valencia,” he commented. “I’m pleased with the way we are working and I’m learning so much about the bike and my team. We are on a good path and we are ready to fight.
“Our immediate area of focus is to find a good set-up for the bike and doing our job without looking at the other teams and riders. We need to give the best!”
Experienced Spanish rider Efrén Vázquez was eighth fastest in Jerez (1’48.327). He finished testing at lunchtime feeling satisfied with his move to Mahindra Racing: “I’m really happy with the bike and everything is going better than we expected. I’m very pleased with the team. It has all changed since last year and the expectations and thinking are very positive. The project we are working for is a good one and we can do well.”
The racing team will have its final test, ‘Jerez 2’, from 18 to 21 March.