Mahindra Racing achieved their highest combined finishing position in their short Grand Prix history as Danny Webb and Marcel Schrotter came home in 10th and 11th respectively. The race began in damp conditions and with both riders revelling in the wet, the Indian team collected 11 valuable points.
Both riders ran with soft slick tyres and soft suspension settings which left them exposed as the track dried out. Webb was still delighted though as he picked up his best result of the season.
“If it had stayed like that we’d have been really quick, but it dried out. It was a good race and I was fighting with Marcel and the people who were coming past me, but I didn't quite have the rear grip to stay with them. I was getting on the gas and it was sliding a lot. We pulled it off; Marcel was 11th as well, so it's a good result and I hope Mahindra are happy with that.”
Teammate Schrotter admitted the team's set-up gamble cost them late in the race but was thrilled to see the team making continued progress with the GP125.
“Nearly all the riders used slicks, so at the beginning it was very difficult because the first sector was completely wet. But I was quite confident that I could make some progress and then just from the middle of the race, the last nine laps was very difficult to ride, because we used the soft tyre, and also the soft suspension, so I couldn't maintain the speed I had early in the race. I just missed the top ten, so we're making progress, which is good.”
Team Principal Mufaddal Choonia echoed the thoughts of his riders and looks forward to the future of Mahindra with great optimism.
“It is good to see that we continue to make good progress during the final stages of the 125cc era. We were so close to having both guys finish in the top ten and I hope that is something we can do in the final two races to consolidate our third place in the manufacturer's championship and Marcel's 15th in the title race.”