Mahindra Racing finalise new riding pair for 2013 season

New Delhi: Mahindra Racing today announced signing of 16-year-old Andrea Locatelli and 17-year-old Michael Rinaldi as the team`s new riders for the 2013 season of the Italian National Motorcycle Racing Championship (CIV), beginning in Mugello on April 6.

The riders will represent Mahindra Racing in the Moto3 (250cc, 4 stroke) class of the championship.

Mahindra Racing became the first team from India to win an international motorsport championship in Europe, when they won the Constructors` Title in the 125GP class of the CIV in their debut year - 2012.

The team recorded six victories from eight races, with three spectacular double podium finishes.

Mahindra Racing had recently announced the rider pairing of Spaniard Efr?n V?zquez and Portuguese teenager Miguel Oliveira for the 2013 Moto3? World Championship, which begins on April 7 in Qatar.

"I am thrilled to have joined a committed Indian team like Mahindra Racing for the CIV Season 2013. I have been following their development in the past and I am impressed by the progress they have made in such a short span of time," Locatelli said.

His teamate Rinaldi said,"Mahindra Racing enjoys considerable support from the motorsports community in India and I look forward to working along with Locatelli and doing really well for the team in the coming months. Though the championship is highly competitive, we are confident of a strong performance on a good machine."