Points for Mahindra Racing in Moto GP

July 17th, 2011 - 9:15 pm ICT by IANS  

Sachsenring (Germany), July 17 (IANS) The Indian-owned Mahindra team added to its growing tally of World Championship points in a difficult German motorcycle Grand Prix, with both riders overcoming problems to get to the finish of the first race of the day at the challenging 3.671 km Sachsenring circuit here Sunday.

The one to score was 20-year-old Danny Webb. The English rider was forced to dig deep, when pain from the shoulder he fractured two weeks ago in Italy gave him increasingly severe difficulties as the 27 laps wore on. He finished 14th, gaining two points for his pains.

Webb’s 18-year-old German team-mate Marcel Schrotter finished a frustrating 16th, one place out of the points, after a bad start put him near the back. He had qualified 13th, but finished the first lap 27th after getting off the line badly.

“I got lucky, gaining places on the last lap when two guys crashed ahead of me - but it’s the first time I’ve had that luck all year. It was a tough race. Halfway through, my shoulder starting hurting badly. That meant I was putting more pressure on my left leg to compensate, and a muscle in my thigh pumped up and I had bad cramp. I struggled to carry on, not wanting to push too hard and maybe crash again and injure my shoulder worse. Now I’m here, in the points, and the results are in black and white. I’ll take it,” said Webb.

Schrotter lamented a poor start.

“I got a really bad start, but that was not the real problem. I had quite a good feeling with the bike, and I was able to move forward … but I could have gone faster. For some reason the engine wouldn’t rev past 11,000 - it should be 12,500 rpm or more. It meant I lost a lot of power, and it was really difficult to pass anybody. Looking at the top ten times, I am sure I could have been there,” he said.

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