The newly named Moto3 team “Peugeot Motocycles SAXOPRINT” are anticipating an exciting year. This was evident at the official team presentation where the new crew and bikes were presented to the media and the expectant public. The team behind the two riders Alexis Masbou and John McPhee proudly presented the new Peugeot motorcycles and in the past few weeks rigorous tests have been carried out at the circuits in Jerez de la Frontera (Spain) and Doha (Qatar). We would like to give you an overview of the FIM Grand Prix World Championship 2016 before the new season begins in Qatar on 20 March.
Major restructuring always brings about numerous challenges and 2016 will certainly be characterised by many learning curves. However two absolutely fantastic riders, a highly motivated team and perfectly constructed Peugeot Moto3 machines mean there is no doubt that the “Peugeot Motocycles SAXOPRINT” will be equal to all challenges.
Under the command of the experienced team manager Terrell Thien the new Peugeot factory team was presented to the media and the public at the Sachsenring (Germany) on 18 February and the Circuito de Jerez (Spain) on 3 March. Volker Klein (Managing Director of Peugeot Deutschland Motocycles) and Andreas Leuthe (Head of Alliances & Motorsport Strategies at Mahindra Racing) were also present. The Peugeot Moto3 machines are MGP3O-derived, as the Indian automobile manufacturer Mahindra owns 51 percent of the French motorcycle brand. As the oldest manufacturer of motorcycles in the world Peugeot has a long tradition in motorcycle racing. The World Championship 2016 offers the perfect opportunity to become established at the highest level in motorcycle racing in the long-term.
We are proud to announce that Peugeot is back in motorcycle racing. Racing is part of our DNA. Peugeot is the oldest manufacturer of motorcycles in the world, its history began in the late 1800s and we began racing in the early 1900s. We won a lot of races such as the Bol d’Or and the Nations Grand Prix of Monza. We are competing at the highest level in motorcycle racing. Our expectations are high, but for our debut season the learning process is the main objective.
Enrico Pellegrino, Project Director of Peugeot Motocycles
For this season the new motorcycle ridden by Alexis Masbou (FRA) and John McPhee (GBR) has been equipped with a new engine, gearbox and aerodynamic package. There are also diverse adaptations to the chassis and the electronic components. In combination with the new double exhaust system developed by Arrow these changes result in a higher performance which should certainly provide an advantage in the 18 World Championship races. During the development work for 2016 particular emphasis has been placed on power delivery, acceleration and top speed and the mechanics have already grappled intensively with the new machines. Chief mechanic Toni Gruschka is supporting Alexis Masbou and the Englishman Mark Keen has overall responsibility for the bike ridden by John McPhee.
We are delighted to be joined by such successful partners as Peugeot and SAXOPRINT in this project. Alexis, John and the team have already worked very well in the short time they have had the new bikes. I would also like to thank the engineers of Mahindra for their fantastic support.
Terrell Thien, Team manager of Peugeot Motocycles SAXOPRINT
The first tests in Jerez (Spain) and on the Losail International Circuit (Qatar) have already been very promising, even though there are still some small problems to be ironed out. Nevertheless, the team feels well-prepared for the new season in Doha and the first year will show what can be achieved with the newly assembled overall package and a team committed to further development. The SAXOPRINT team will be supporting the entire crew of “Peugeot Motocycles SAXOPRINT” and following the races eagerly on television or the internet. Together with you, our readers and fans, we are looking forward to an exciting World Championship season. You are welcome to follow Alexis and John and their team on a journey around the globe. All that remains to say is: “Gentlemen, start your engines!”
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