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ARAGON12.02.2014

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Although he finished once again in fifth position, as he did at Misano, Stefan Bradl shone on Spanish soil, fighting it out to the finish for a place on the podium with Rossi and Bautista.

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ARAGONThe Races
Starting like a shot from the second row of the grid, Stefan Bradl raced wheel to wheel with Rossi, Bautista and Crutchlow from start to finish. The rider of the LCR Honda team managed to gain the upper hand over the British rider, but in the final lap lost a split second to the Italian and the Spaniard. In Moto2, Redding and Kallio both made exceptional comebacks, finishing respectively fourth and fifth after they qualified for the fifth line because of engine problem on their Kalex Moto2. Miguel Oliveira also had a great race in Moto3, finishing fifth hard on the heels of Luis Salom, the championship leader. Efren Vazquez rounded off the good race weekend for Team Mahindra, taking the chequered flag in tenth place.

The Championship
As regular as always, Stefan Bradl remains firmly attached to the sixth place overall in the MotoGP championship. Although he lost three points to Pol Espargaro after the Aragon Grand Prix, Redding continues to lead the Moto2 class with a twenty-point lead over his Spanish opponent. Fourth overall, Kallio is now twenty-four points behind Esteve Rabat, his future teammate in the Marc VDS Racing Team. In Moto3, Oliveira has kept his sixth place while reducing the gap with Folger to just fourteen points. Vazquez has climbed up two positions, and now stands in ninth place overall.

The Background
After finishing six times in the top five, the Mahindra Moto3 team can be proud of their debut in the Grand Prix class. “When you remember that this project was launched only one year ago, we’ve no reason to be ashamed of the results,” says Massimo Biagini, the team manager of the team fielded by the Indian manufacturer. From the very first race in Qatar, Miguel Oliveira and Efren Vazquez demonstrated the qualities of their machines by both finishing in the top ten. “We tried to develop our engine during the first few races until we realized that we were not going in the right direction,” pursues Biagini. “Today we’ve adopted a new approach and we can see our efforts are paying off, even if we still lack a bit of power compared with the best KTMs. We still have a lot of changes to test, but we’ll wait until the end of the season to do so: the overseas tour in October prevents us from taking any risks because of races are so close together. Again, our project is a very recent one, and there are lots of things that can be improved.” One thing is certain; the performance of the Mahindra has not gone unnoticed. Several teams have already contacted Massimo Biagini’s team for the next season. “Our bike’s a beauty,” grins the Italian team manager.

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