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Front row start for Mahindra in second round of Italian Championship

india Updated: Apr 08, 2012 10:21 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times
Riccardo Moretti

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Mahindra Racing's Riccardo Moretti will start from the front row of thr grid for the second round of the 125cc class of the Italian motorbike championship. After suffering two crashes, one each in practice and qualifying, Moretti's teammate Sarath Kumar will start from 20th.

A technical issue held up Riccardo Moretti from getting a second pole position in a row after he topped the timesheets in the opening round in Mugello. Moretti set a best time of 2’02”948 for the race to be held at Imola's Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari. The Italian rider won the opening round of the championship and will be looking to make it two wins in a row. Moretti was the fastest rider in the first qualifying practice.

Mahindra’s other rider Sarath Kumar suffered a crash in both Saturday's free practice and qualifying sessions, from which he escaped uninjured. Even so, Sarath will start Sunday's race from the 7th row - 20th spot - thanks to his best lap-time of 2'10''797.