Mahindra look to extend good run in France

New Delhi: Team Mahindra is banking on the new developments in their bike to build on a good start to the season, when their riders line up for the fourth round of the Moto3 World championship at the Le Mans race circuit in France on Sunday.

After the third round race at Jerez, the team went testing at the Almeria circuit in Spain. The riders and technicians tested engine development parts, to be introduced in the coming races.

"The engine test was encouraging. The riders felt a definite improvement, especially at the top end, where we are currently suffering a little against the opposition. Now we are currently running durability tests, before bringing the new parts to the track," Mahindra Racing CEO Mufaddal Choonia said.

With no long straights and a variety of fast and slow corners, plus the ever-present chance of rain, the French circuit favours riding skill and excellent cornering and braking.

"I`m definitely looking forward to this race. I like the track: last year I was leading until I fell on lap 16 ? conditions were crazy wet, with so many accidents. This year, the Mahindra bike is getting better, and we understand more about how to find the best setting. It?s more a track for riding than just horsepower, and we have the chance of a strong result," rider Miguel Oliveira said.

Second rider Efren Vazquez said,"like Le Mans, but I had bad luck there last year. I almost made pole position, but then I missed the race! Wet or dry I will be giving my 100 percent. At Jerez we finally found a good setting for the corners so I could fight with the KTMs, and we have improved it even more at tests. These top ten results are important for Mahindra, and I want to move further towards the front."