Imola's Autodromo 'Enzo e Dino Ferrari' gave Mahindra Racing the perfect platform to showcase yet another spectacular performance in Rounds 7 and 8 of the CIV Moto3 championship here.
Riders Andrea Locatelli and Michael Ruben Rinaldi performed exceedingly well in both races on Sunday, ensuring that the pair is in the top three as far as standings are concerned. In the first race, Locatelli, who started at pole, finished second, while teammate Rinaldi started second and won a race marked with high temperatures. Locatelli won the second encounter while Rinaldi finished third.
In the first race - Round 7 of the Championship -following a great performance in qualifying, Locatelli scored the pole position courtesy a 2'01.211 seconds lap-time, just 0.070 faster than teammate Rinaldi in 2nd place, who clocked in 2'01.291. Both on the first row of the grid, Rinaldi got the hole-shot at the start of the 11-lap race, while Locatelli was able to get back up front after a few laps.
As Rinaldi kept the lead thanks to an outstanding pace, Locatelli lost a position while trying to avoid some riders who crashed in front of him. With a few laps to go, Locatelli managed to overtake both Marini and Migno, to cross the line in second place. Rinaldi was crowned race winner and set the fastest lap of the race (2'01.255). The Mahindra garage celebrated both the riders' results and the competitiveness of the overall package that proved to be successful.
After dominating both qualifying and the race in Round 7, the Mahindra riders were ready to challenge again for podium positions in Round 8. Michael Ruben Rinaldi was again on the front row alongside teammate Locatelli. Rinaldi got a perfect start, while Locatelli did not move off very well and crossed the line at the end of the opening lap in 5th place.
It took only four laps for Locatelli to take the lead and after successfully defending the position from Marini, he scored his fourth race win of the season. Rinaldi was 3rd at the chequered flag.
With only two races left, Locatelli leads the rider's standings with 150 points, 23 over Marini and 32 on Rinaldi.