Mahindra celebrate best result in Moto GP
Assen (Netherlands): India`s Mahindra team enjoyed its best result in its debut season in the MotoGP with Marcel Schrotter finishing ninth and Danny Webb 13th in the 125cc category at the Dutch race, on Saturday.
It is for the first time that both the Mahindra riders finished among points.
18-year-old Schrotter did extremely well in the rain-hit race and could have got better position if the race was not red-flagged on the 15th of 22 scheduled laps.
"This is an extremely proud moment for all of us at Mahindra. We have broken into the top 10 in just our sixth race. And what makes it more special is that both Marcel and Danny finished in the points.
"We have been working very hard to improve our bike over the last couple of months and I am glad to say that all that effort is gradually bearing fruit," team principal Mufaddal Choonia said.
Schrotter said he held his nerves when the rain started getting heavier with each lap and felt he could have done better but for rain-interruption.
"Danny and I both got a good start, but in the first three or four laps I made a couple of little mistakes and lost touch with the lead group. Then it started to rain a little, each lap a little bit more.
"I was trying to be fast but also safe, really concentrating. I gained some places, then I was behind two riders. I could have passed them for seventh, but I had no idea that the race would be stopped so I was waiting for a safe opportunity," the German said.
Webb blamed the driver ahead of him for slowing him up.
"The race was hard but the end result not so bad. At the beginning Marcel and I were with the front group and feeling comfortable but then another rider nearly hit me at the chicane and forced me to slow.
"After that I was stuck behind him: his bike was a little faster on the straight but he was slower in the corners, and the front guys got away. It was pretty frustrating but the bike ran perfectly all weekend, and both me and Marcel were right up there. It`s proper progress," he said.