Schrotter`s 5-point finish pushes Mahindra to 3rd
Mugello (Italy): German rider Marcel Schrotter earned five points with an 11th place finish at the Italian Grand Prix to catapult the Mahindra Racing team to third place in the 125cc Constructors` championship in Moto GP on Sunday.
But the other Mahindra rider Danny Webb had disappointment in store as he was forced to abandon the race near half distance due to severe pain in his right shoulder.
The 20-year-old Brit had fractured the shoulder in a morning warm-up crash.
Schrotter made a strong recovery after falling from his 13th place grid spot to 20th at the end of the first lap.
"I`m very, very happy and very proud with the way Marcel raced on Sunday. Gaining two positions from where he started on the grid is really commendable at Mugello, which is one of the toughest circuits in the world.
"I feel bad for Danny that he couldn`t complete the race, but I salute him. He was brave enough to take to the circuit and I`m sure this will add to his confidence in the future. "I`m also delighted at now being number three in the manufacturers ranking, having overtaken KTM. So it just shows we`re improving with every race," Team Principal Mufaddal Choonia said.
Schrotter said the numbness in his hand made things difficult for him.
"The whole race was very difficult with my hand, which was going to sleep with the numbness making it very difficult for braking and for opening the throttle. Because of this I just tried to calm down, relax and fight for the last laps.
"Everything considered, I think eleventh is a good position today. Once again we scored good points, and that`s our target for this season," he said.
Webb would return to his country for a checkup.
"We tried to race and we made a good lap time at the beginning and after that I couldn`t feel anything, I couldn`t brake because of my right shoulder. So now I`m missing the test here on Tuesday and flying directly home tonight to go to my specialist and get some treatment so I can come back strong for Sachsenring," the British rider said.