Hyderabad: Popular Telugu actor Nagarjuna, co-owner of the Mahi Racing Team India, on Monday said that he was thrilled over his team winning a second consecutive race at the 2013 World Supersport Championship in Motorland Aragon, Spain, a day ago. Nagarjuna, who along with another co-owner Nandish Domlur is in Spain, said in a statement released here on Monday that he was excited over the team's back-to-back win.
Mahi team rider, the Frenchman Fabien Foret, finished the race with 37 minutes 10.286, 6.595 seconds ahead of Michael Van der Mark of PataHonda World Supersport team. It was the Frenchman's 16th race win of his career. The 2002 WSS Champion now becomes the new leader in the current World Championship.
"We are absolutely thrilled with our team's victory today (Sunday). During the qualification round, we knew that our riders were all set to recreate the Philip Island magic in Spain and they did not disappoint us," IANS quotes Nagarjuna's statement.
The team's second rider, Kenan Sofuoglu, who had given the team its first win at Philip Island, Australia, in February, was forced to retire on the second lap due to a technical snag in his Kawasaki ZX-6R. Sofouglo is the defending and three-time world champion. "It is a great win for our team. We look forward to maintaining our consistent performance throughout the season," said Fabien Foret.
The 2013 race season is expected to have 15 rounds. Supported by Kawasaki as its factory team, with Andrew Stone as technical director, the Mahi team will be moving on to the next race at Assen in Netherlands, April 28. The Indian round will be held at the Buddh International Circuit in November this year.
Mahi Racing Team India is a FIM Supersport World Championship. It is the first super motorbike racing team in Asia.
Mahi Racing Team India is promoted by Rhiti MSD of Indian cricket team captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and N-Motorsport of Nagarjuna, Domlur and Naga Chaitanya.
Mahi Racing Team India entered the last rounds of the 2012 season under the name MSD R-N Racing Team India with two Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R for wildcard riders Florian Marino and Dan Linfoot, who took the first podium finish for the team in the last round of the season in Magny-Cours.
In 2013 season, the name of team was changed to Mahi Racing Team India and two new riders were signed the 2012 World Supersport champion Kenan Sofuoğlu and Fabien Foret.
The year 2013 is all set to be an exciting year for Mahi Racing, with 2012 world champion Kenan Sofuoğlu and Fabien Foret joining the team. Dan Linfoot and Florian Marino have both had a great 2012 spell. All eyes are set on the new team as it creates history the coming year.