No Points For Mahindra From Italian GP

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   (2012-07-16 00:00:00)

Mahindra Racing rider Danny Webb finished in 20th position while Riccardo Moretti made a forgetable debut by retiring in the opening lap of the Italian GP as the team returned without points from the Moto GP race, on Sunday.

Webb, the 21-year-old British rider, gained 12 places after starting 32nd from the grid at the spectacular 5.245km Mugello circuit in the hills outside Florence.

Moretti, who has replaced Marcel Schr?tter, had a disappointing debut in the Moto3 class. An error on the start line left the 2009 Italian 125cc champion out of the race even before completing a lap.

The white-and-red Mahindra is one of only two independent machines in the new four-stroke Moto3? class, dominated by over-the-counter production-racing machines.

"The top speed was not too bad in the slipstream, but I knew I had to be in front before the last corner because I wouldn`t be able to overtake on the run to the line.

"I was quicker through the fast sections halfway round the lap so I made my move on the last lap and pushed hard to make a little gap, and managed to hold on. Itís good to get another finish, and I feel Iíve got my riding back to good form," Webb said.

Moretti said,"I`m very disappointed for Mahindra and my Italian fans. For some reason I made a mistake on the start line. I could not get the start button to work, but instead I ended up with the pit lane limiter on and so it was impossible. All I could do was go into the pits."