He did set the lap record in the 12th lap. He is now closer to fifth overall while Efren Vazquez, the other Mahindra racer finished 12th. The race in question was a tussle with five riders all inches apart from each other right from start to finish. This also adds to Mahindra’s close third in constructors’ championships.
Mahindra MGP30 has been designed and constructed in a matter of 6 months. It was track tested in January this year where it proved its tenacity with competitiveness and reliability were concerned. Delighted at the lap record in Assen, the team now looks forward to the German Grand Prix in two weeks time.
Miguel Oliveira in 4th place said, “It was a really difficult race, as I expected, and the wind played a hard hand as well. I was losing in the second sector – I had to work hard to recover that every lap under brakes and in the corners. I tried to attack in the last lap but I couldn’t quite reach the podium. But it is coming
really close. What is really important is the bike improves race by race, and I am also feeling better. We need to keep it this way.”
Efren Vazquez in 12th place said, “It was a difficult day and not what we expected. Something happened in the race and I was losing time. I am not sure what: we need to check all the data, but at one point I was quite slow. There was a lot of traffic, which is normal in this class, but it means you can get stuck behind a
rider who is half-a-second slower, and you can do nothing. The most important thing is to concentrate on qualifying better.”
Mufaddal Choonia CEO Mahindra Racing said, “Again we have shown that the combination of Miguel and the Mahindra has the potential for podium finishes. There is practically nothing separating the top five riders, and he is one of them. We are also delighted to take the lap record at Assen, and we can go away satisfied and happy, looking forward to the German Grand Prix in two weeks.”