Mahindras launch MotoGP team with foreign riders

Mumbai, Jan 21 (PTI) Taking a cue from Vijay Mallya''sForce India team in Formula One, the Mahindra Group todaylaunched its two-wheeler racing team of foreign riders to maketheir debut in the MotoGP, the road racing world championshipfor two wheelers, in March in Qatar.

Announcing the entry into the world motorcycle event, inthe 125cc class bikes, Mahindras'' Executive VP Ruzbeh Iranisaid that the move "is well aligned with our image. We are thenewest kid on the block in India in the two-wheeler industryand want to take our brand to global pinnacle".

The two riders who would represent "Mahindra Racing" inthe first season are 18-year-old Marcel Schrotter, a formerGerman and European 125cc champion, and Britain''s Danny Webbwho made his debut in the world motorcycle championship fiveyears ago when only 16.

"I have joined the new team as it''s a very big companyand I want to go on and win the world championship for thisteam. It''s a privilege to ride for the first Indian team toenter the world championship," said Debb who enters his fullfifth season.

"It''s good to be in the Mahindra team, it gives me agood feeling. With a year''s experience in the worldchampionship under my belt, I am now looking forward to makinga mark with Mahindra Racing at the MotoGP World Championship,"said Schrotter at a press conference.

Asked about the absence of an Indian rider in MahindraRacing team, Irani, who is also the Group''s Chief BrandOfficer, said they would be "scouting for Indian talent, butthe first priority is to get the team going and get itcreditworthy." PTI SSR VKV PDS

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