Montmeló, Barcelona – Saturday, 2 June, 2012: The white-and-red Mahindra machines will start side by side for tomorrow’s Catalunyan GP, with a big hill to climb but with fresh impetus for the task, after new engine parts that arrived for this race.

Marcel Schrötter (19, from Germany) and English team-mate Danny Webb (21) qualified 30th and 31st on the grid, with lap times behind the leader ultra-close, and a few tenths of a second making a disproportionate difference to positions in the highly competitive Moto3™ class.

Both had hoped to do better, but blazing heat in the afternoon robbed the new engine of some of the power it had shown in the morning, and neither was able to match the lap times set in the earlier free practice session.

The good news is the improved reliability of the latest revised single-cylinder 250cc engine, still in its infancy up against a grid made up almost completely of well-developed over-the-counter production racers. The Mahindra MGP-30 is an all-new, all-independent machine at the start of its development path.

The Mahindra chassis has earned praise from the riders from the first tests; both say they can make up time under braking and in the corners. The engine is now in only its fifth race, and is already challenging the racing establishment.

Tomorrow’s race is the fifth of 17 rounds in the new-this-year four-stroke championship. The Mahindra team is the first Indian squad in world championship racing.


This morning was better, the afternoon was harder. I’m a bit disappointed. I tried 110 percent and Danny’s and my times are so similar. My feeling in the corners is much better and I can stay with the other bikes. The new engine was good, but we still lose a little in acceleration.

DANNY WEBB – 1’55.168

The position is mostly my fault: I put in new tyres at the end and I was looking for a fast group to go with … but it was too late, and the chequered flag came out. We’ve still got work to do, but with the engine improved we can start getting other stuff sorted, especially the engine mapping for power and for engine braking. You always want it to be faster, but step by step we are definitely moving in the right direction.


About Mahindra Racing

Mahindra Racing is the first Indian team to participate in the FIM MotoGP™ World Motorcycle Racing Championship (in 2011) and the Italian National Motorcycle Racing Championship (CIV, in 2012).

On the world stage, the Indian factory team signed off its 2011 debut season on a high note with action packed performances by both its riders. Marcel Schrötter finished 15th overall in the 125cc Rider’s Championship and the team finished a strong third overall in the Constructor’s Championship. Danny Webb made history when he secured pole position in Valencia in the last race of the 125cc era. The team takes this learning into its participation in the all new Moto3™ class which replaced the 125cc class from the 2012 season onwards.

In the CIV in Italy, the team has teamed up Indian rider Sarath Kumar with ex Italian Champion Riccardo Moretti in the 125 GP Class. The team became the first from India to win an international motorsport event when Riccardo took the chequered flag at the season-opening race of the CIV in Mugello, Italy on 25 March, 2012. Another brilliant victory on the Imola circuit on 8 April, 2012, established Moretti and his team firmly at the top of the standings.

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About The Mahindra Group

The Mahindra Group focuses on enabling people to rise. Mahindra operates in the key industries that drive economic growth, enjoying a leadership position in tractors, utility vehicles, information technology and vacation ownership. Mahindra has a presence in the automotive industry, agribusiness, aerospace, components, consulting services, defence, energy, financial services, industrial equipment, logistics, real estate, retail, steel and two wheelers.

A US $14.4 billion multinational group based in Mumbai, India, Mahindra employs more than 144,000 people in over 100 countries.

In 2011, Mahindra featured on the Forbes Global 2000 list, a listing of the biggest and most powerful listed companies in the world. Dun & Bradstreet also ranked Mahindra at No. 1 in the automobile sector in its list of India’s Top 500 Companies. In 2010, Mahindra featured in the Credit Suisse Great Brands of Tomorrow.

In 2011, Mahindra acquired a majority stake in Korea’s SsangYong Motor Company.

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“Smile” , It Costs nothing………………….. This is the mantra of Richa
Sharma, Mrs. India International 2011.

A woman with most ordinary lifestyle , a teacher by profession and a
mother of nine year old, this is what she was before being crowned in
Atlanta last year.

Her enthusiasm to take new challenges in life took her to where she is
Today. She has always seen life from positive side and her secret to
success is always be humble………

Her attitude of gratitude has always insured that she gets more than
what life has to offer.

Her smile touches everyone she interacts with and her heart goes out
for those under privileged children who are deprived of their basic
right of education. She is close to NGOs like “Surys Kiran” and
“Tomorrow’s Foundation” and keeps interacting with them with the hope
of improving their (children’s) lives one day .

Spending time with old people is what she think is least she can give
back to what life has offered her.

Best word that describe this pretty woman is “KAAMDHENU” – The Holy
Cow, who in Hindi Mythology, just fulfill wishes. Too much can be told
about this perfectly deserved winner of 2011 but too little can be

Speech :

Hello Everyone, Good Evening Friends & Judges,

I am honoured to be here ………………..

Its nice to see all those familiar faces who look friendly to me now
rather than scary in their position last year (Laugh);

First I would like to applaud all these beautiful ladies who have
dared to come out and showed to the world that women are beautiful at
any age of their life be it 20’s , 30’s 40’s or 50’s. Thanks to Mrs.
India International platform which gives women an opportunity to prove
their mantle at any age.

After winning the crown, life has been too good to be true name, fame,
appreciation, recognition, adulation, honor, respect …………… they all
have gone hand in hand in past one year.

I would like to wish all the participants many congratulations for
reaching so far. You all are unique and winners in your own ways.

I remember reading somewhere:-




So no matter which part of the machine we are, but we all play a very
significant roll.

With this I would like to say once again “very best to all of you, for
life after today will not be the same.”

Optional May be added :

Mother Teresa Says :-

“live with honor
Don’t care for money,
A few get honor…………..
But many get Money
Life is short
On merits Money
Better to die than…………..
To be mean and puny”

Puneet Khare
Media Co-ordinator
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Success event — Yeh Khula Aasmaan

Flying high

When young filmmaker Gitanjali Sinha made her first film Yeh Khula Aasmaan, as a family film, eyebrows rose. In this era of commercialisation, will a young filmmaker’s faith work?

Six olive branches and two international awards later, Gitanjali Sinha walks with her head raised high with Yeh Khula Aasmaan, starring Raghubeer Yadav, Yashpal Sharma and youngster Raj Tandon and Anya Anand,being well received by audiences and critics alike.

The film being acclaimed by the critics with the 3 star ratings, and the audience who is not only loving the film, but are also getting touched by the sensitivity of the subject, proves that when a filmmaker has the conviction, audience follows.

And so the cast of the film gathered together for a small get-together post the film.

Anya Anand and Raj Tandon the acotrs of the film, Kunal Ganjawala who lent his voice to the film, producer Hemendra Aran and Gitanjali Sinha enjoyed the moments of fun after the stress of of giving the film its much-wanted grand release.

“I always believed that good content speaks for itself,” says Gitanjali.”It is very encouraging that today’s audience are appreciating high content films. Whoever, is coming is saying that it a must watch for parents and kids and I feel touched.”

Interestingly, Yeh Khula Aasmaan is doing the best against all other Hindi films released during the week, where the occupancy is continuously on rise with some halls such as Fame, Infinity Mall going housefull.

Adds producer Hemendra Aran, an IITian with a vision of quality entertainment, “as a first time banner, Gitanjali Creations is proud to receive the support of the industry. We are grateful to those who believed in Yeh Khula Aasmaan and supported it by giving it a 189 screen release all across India. For a first-timer it is a great release.”

Overwhelmed by the success of their first film, that has established a respectable profile for their company within the industry space, the makers are excited about their next two projects in the pipeline.

Says Hemendra Aran, “we have always believed in making quality cinema in an entertaining manner and will retain the same in all our projects.” Here is wishing more of their ilk bring back the much-needed glory of yore to Indian cinema

Rajendra Ganotra is the Editor of Spicy Stars Mumbai

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