Victory for Team Mahindra at Mugello

Updated: Jun 23, 2012, 23:27 PM IST

Mugello: Team Mahindra Racing dominated the practice session in the Italian Championship, thanks to Riccardo Moretti who grabbed the pole position, which allowed him to start from the first grid slot for the afternoon race at Mugello`s Autodromo Nazionale,on Saturday.

Moretti clocked 1:59:970 but Sarath Kumar, on the other hand, had to do a lot of work with his crew to adapt his bike to this technical and demanding track. In Saturday’s race, Kumar moved off from the eight row with a lap time of 2:07:559.

Moretti got a perfect start in race 1 and settled on a very quick pace that allowed him to create 1.5 seconds gap between himself and his opponents by the end of lap 1.

Unfortunately, Kumar didn`t move off well from the grid and he found himself at the back of the pack.

Kumar improved his lap times as the race progressed, eventually finishing eighth in the 125GP classification. The race ended with a neat victory for Moretti and an eighth place for Kumar.

Moretti currently lies second in the standings with a 10- point gap from the leader, while Kumar is sixth. In the manufacturer standings, Mahindra is the leader so far with a 6-point advantage over Aprilia.