Peugeot will make their Moto3 debut next season as they contest the championship as a constructor, after The Mahindra Group confirmed that they will field two Peugeot MGP3O machines next year.
The bikes will be ridden by Saxoprint Racing Team Germany and their experienced duo of Alexis Masbou and John McPhee. Mahindra acquired a 51% stake in Peugeot Motorcycles last year and have now brought the world’s oldest motorcycle maker to the world championship grid. The French company produced their first motorcycle way back in 1898.
Whilst this will be their world championship debut, Peugeot were successful in winning the riders’ and constructors’ titles in the Italian CIV Moto3 championship where 16-year-old Marco Bezzecchi took the title.
Confirming the move, Mahindra Racing CEO Mufaddal Choonia said:
We are a growing force in the Moto3 paddock, and the addition of the Peugeot Motocycles entry to our line-up will have a number of technical benefits for Mahindra as well as brand benefits for Peugeot Motocycles. I am confident that the extensive work that we are undertaking on the MGP3O at our new technical centre in Italy will result in greater on-track success for both Mahindra Racing and Peugeot Motocycles.
Whilst Peugeot will be a constructor in their own right, the bikes that they field will be very similar to the current Mahindra factory bikes which litter the grid. This move also continues the growing presence of Mahindra within grand prix racing, as they also run programmes in the CEV Moto3 Junior World Championship and the Italian CIV series.