Indian motorsport outfit Mahindra Racing has announced that 2017 will be the last year for them in the Moto3 championship. The main reason for their withdrawal from the motorcycle Grand Prix is their shift in focus towards making electric vehicles for racing. Mahindra had entered MotoGP in 2011 in the 125cc class. In 2012 season, Mahindra homologated 250cc, single-cylinder, liquid cooled engine developed by Mahindra's Engine Engineering and Oral Engineering. The bike - MGP30 weighed just 83 kg. In 2013, Mahindra partnered with Suter Racing technology to develop a new Moto3 bike. From 2015 onwards, Mahindra Racing became a full-scale constructor and supported four customer teams.
The MGP30 race bike manufactured by Mahindra Racing recorded a total of 13 podium finishes, including three race wins against other established teams in the sport. Mahindra Racing will continue to participate in the Moto3 world championship till the end of the 2017 season. Mahindra Racing currently provides engineering and on-track support for three teams - Aspar, CIP and Peugeot Saxoprint. Currently, it stands third in the constructor’s standings with 149 points. Only Renaul E. Dams (229 points) and Abt Schaeffler Audi Sport (171 points) are above them.
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