Estoril: Mahindra Racing had a disappointing result at the Portuguese Grand Prix in the Moto3 category of the MotoGP as Marcel Schrotter finished as low as 19th and Danny Webb retired mid-way.
British rider Webb was 18th on the grid, with high hopes of a top-15 points-scoring finish, but encountered a problem of a split radiator hose- the most minor of peripheral components - and had to retire after just eight laps of the 23-lap race at the 4.182-km Estoril circuit.
Schrotter had qualified 23rd, but a slow getaway put him 28th at the end of the first lap. By the finish he had picked his way through to 19th, well ahead of the group behind him, but those ahead of him still out of reach.
German rider Sandro Cortese (KTM) won the race.
"My start was good, but as I went up through the gears it seemed to lose power and five or six riders went past. I had the same thing at the last race: it is something we must fix. After that it was difficult, because I was with slower riders who held me up on the corners, but were a bit faster on the straights. Eventually I got ahead. After that I was alone, keeping a constant gap behind me, but with the others too far in front," Schrotter said.