Indian team Mahindra Racing put in a promising performance in their first ever 125cc race at the Losail International Circuit.
British rider Danny Webb held 15th place, and a possible World Championship point, for much of the race before losing out to Louis Rossi by 0.394 seconds.
Despite that, Team Principal Mufaddal Choonia was proud of the team's debut.
“This was an emotional day for us as for the first time the Mahindra GP125 has raced in a World Championship race. By fighting for a point on our debut we think the paddock has seen the promise of Mahindra Racing.”
“Both our riders and the team showed tremendous promise and potential for the season ahead and we hope to be battling our more experienced rivals for points in the very near future”, he added.
Team leader Danny Webb was also encouraged by his performance in Qatar.
“To finish in 16th after starting in 23rd was a tough battle and I was fighting all the way. I got a good start and was making up places in the early laps, but no-one was having any dramas up ahead so it was difficult to get any further forwards.
“It was frustrating to lose out on 15th and a point, but I'm pretty sure we'll have at least one in the next race.”
Mahindra Racing will be back in action for the Spanish GP at Jerez on April 1-3.