Moto3: Biaggi to head up Mahindra CIV team
Four time 250cc Grand Prix champion Max Biaggi will head up a new Mahindra-supported Moto3 team in the Italian CIV Championship next year.
Biaggi will run the team in the Italian series and enter selected races of the 2017 Junior World Championship with riders Alessandro Del Bianco and Davide Baldini.
The project has been created for both Biaggi and Mahindra to nurture young Italian talent and includes a long-term aim of securing a place on the Moto3 Grand Prix grid for 2018.
“My passion for racing is still very high and I feel the need to give back to the racing community in Italy,” he said. “With this project I am hoping to help young Italians achieve their dreams of racing and winning in the World Championship. Mahindra have shown incredible progress in 2016 and it is clear to me that the MGP3O can be a championship-winning machine. I approached Mahindra as I know that together we can be fighting for the top. They are offering a great level of support to me, my team and the riders. I wish to once again thank them. I am sure 2017 will be a wonderful year for us both.”
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Mufaddal Choonia, Mahindra Racing’s CEO added: “The Mahindra Group is focused on helping people rise to realise their dreams and that is also Max’s focus with his new role as a team manager and Mahindra Racing ambassador. Mahindra Racing is pleased to facilitate this new stage in Max’s career by providing the necessary support. Max has had huge success in almost every level of racing and he understands what it takes to win. His choice of Mahindra Racing as a partner is a very big vote of confidence for the brand and the MGP3O in particular.
“Having taken the project in-house for 2016, we have seen a huge improvement in results and while we are very pleased with the achievements of 2016, we have no plans to slow down. Mahindra Racing has always had a strong presence in the CIV; Italy is an important market and continues to produce some wonderful racing talent.”