Mahindra Racing, the first Indian team to contribute to MotoGP, today announced that it will enter into Italian Motor Racing Championship with Sarath Kumar, an Indian rider in 125cc segment. Riccardo Moretti is another Italian rider, who was the 2009 champion in 125cc category. Sarath Kumar is 19 years old and is the first Indian to contribute to 125cc MotoGP World Championship. Mr. Kumar was the National Champion of 2010 of India in this class and National Champion in 2008 in four-stroke 130cc novice segment. Mr. Mufaddal Choonia, a Team Principal at Mahindra Racing said that they are glad to publicize their entry in the Italian Motor Racing Championship with Sarath. This is a conscious step taken by Mahindra Racing for nurturing and growing riding talent in the country.
There are quite a few popular names in World MotoGP Championship; these include Marco Melandri, Valentino Rossi and Giacomo Agostini have been the Italian Championship winners. Riding in this particular championship with such high standards of competition will be a wonderful opportunity for Kumar. It will provide him with right chance for honing his skills and compete with global level with quite a few finest emerging talents in bike racing. The Riccardo Moretti, a 26-year old started his racing career in cross bike racing, however had to give it up owing to serious accident, when he was 16 years old.
After three years, he resumed his career in road racing at the age of 19. In the year 2007, Riccardo came 5th in Italian Championship and then went on to finish 2nd in 2008. In the year 2009, he won Italian Championship with five wins and five pole position in six races. This Italian Road Racing Championship is one of the leading national track competitions in Italy and created a pad for the country’s best young bikers. It is staged on country’s best racetracks from the month of March to October over eight rounds and six weekends. The event is prearranged by Federazione Motociclistica Italiana (FMI) and Campionato Italiano Velocita (CIV).
The most recent Italian Champions include 2009: Riccardo Moretti; 2008: Lorenzo Savadori (who competed in World Championship till 2010); 2010: Francesco Mauriello (who competed in 125cc 2011 World Championship) and 2011: Niccolò Antonelli. Throughout the 2011 season of Italian Championship, 60 teams and 300 riders contributed to this championship including all segments – Superstock 600; 125GP / Moto3; Moto2; Superstock 1000 and Supersport. Ten motorcycle manufacturing companies in this season include Yamaha, Ducati and Aprilia. It was witnessed by 2.5 million television viewers and 70,000 race day spectators in Europe and reached till 26 million readers through magazines.
Mahindra Racing is the 1st Indian team to contribute to the 2011 MotoGP World Motorcycle Racing Championship. The 2011 is the first season for Indian factory team and Mahindra Racing signed off its debut season on high note with action-packed performance by both its riders. It recorded its best result for season at Australian Grand Prix with Marcel Schrotter and Danny Webb riders finishing 11th and 10th respectively. This season also saw three more double point results by two bikers at Assen, Aragon and Brno rounds.
Mahindra Group is mainly focused on enabling people to rise. It operates in plenty of industries, which drive economic growth enjoying leadership position in vacation ownership, tractors, information technology and utility vehicles. It has presence in automotive industry, two wheelers, agribusiness, steel, aerospace, retail, components, real estate, consulting services, logistics, defence, industrial equipment, energy and financial services.
In the year 2011, Mahindra Group was listed on Forbes Global 2000 list as one of the most powerful and largest firms in the world. DNB (Dun & Bradstreet) also ranked Mahindra Group as N0.1 in automotive sector in its list of Top 500 Companies of India.