Mahindra Racing are targeting a points finish this weekend when the 125cc World Championship moves to Jerez.
The Indian team, who made their debut two weeks ago in Qatar, showed flashes of promise and came within 0.394seconds of scoring points through Danny Webb.
The Jerez circuit, host of the Spanish Grand Prix, is one of the most popular on the calendar and Webb feels his experience at the track will stand him in good stead this weekend.
“I'm looking forward to Jerez as for me it's where the season really starts,” says Danny. “In Qatar we made fantastic progress with the bike, especially with finding a good set-up and getting the suspension to work well with my riding style. Jerez is a track that I know well, but it's one that every rider knows well as we test here so much.
The first European round of the season is always a special event for the teams, and Team Principal Mufaddal Choonia is excited about the opportunities it presents for the team.
“After our Qatar debut we now start the first of eight races in Europe, which is an important region for the growth of the Mahindra brand. The Spanish Grand Prix is a tremendously popular race and we are proud to showcase our qualities as the first Indian motorcycle manufacturer to enter the MotoGP World Championship in this highly competitive arena”.
German youngster Marcel Schrotter believes the team has plenty of potential after its' encouraging debut, and he feels points are definitely on the horizon this weekend.
“I am developing my understanding of how the GP125 works, especially with the front end of the bike and how it reacts to braking, so I am hoping for another step forward in Jerez,” explained Marcel.
”My goal for Jerez is definitely to be in the top 15 through all sessions and qualifying and then finish in the points in the race. It's a track I know well and I am feeling very positive”.
After the opening round in Qatar, Bankia Aspar rider Nico Terol leads the championship with a maximum 25 points, and will be looking for two wins out of two when practice starts on Friday morning.