Mahindra makes history with first win at Assen

Mahindra Moto3 team's teenage rider Pecco Bagnaia raced to victory at Assen on Sunday. It was not only the Italian's first Grand Prix win but the first for Mahindra Moto3 as well.

Pecco celebrates with the Mahindra team.

Mahindra Moto3 made history after its teenage rider Pecco Bagnaia raced to victory at Assen on Sunday. It was not only the Italian rider's first Grand Prix win but the first for the India constructor as well.

The 19-year-old rider's triumph came after one of the fiercest races ever seen in the most competitive class in the MotoGP World Championships. A 14-strong pack fought over centimetres of track and hundredths of a second, over the full 22 laps of the classic 4.542-km Assen TT circuit. The top three crossed the line within four hundredths of a second; the top six inside two tenths.

Bagnaia had qualified 10th (fourth row of the grid), but he put his white-liveried Aspar Mahindra racer at the sharp end throughout. After 99.924 km of fierce fighting, the Italian was ready to claim a virtual photo-finish win in a fairing-banging, paint-swapping brawl through the final chicane.

Mahindra has had its best season so far, with Bagnaia already having claimed three podium places. The victory moved Bagnaia to fourth in the championship.

The next race is the German GP at the Sachsenring on July 17.