- Albert Arenas [Copyright: Aspar]

Albert Arenas returns as Mahindra set for its final Moto3 weekend in Valencia

The Indian manufacturer's run in the championship comes to an end.

After seven years competing in the motorcycle's lightweight world championship, Mahindra's journey will end with this weekend's Valencia Grand Prix.

The Indian manufacturer had announced its exit in the middle of the 2017 Moto3 season, as they switch their focus onto the FIA Formula E Championship.

After the success in 2016, where it achieved its maiden win, the 2017 season has been hugely difficult with the lone podium courtesy CIP's Marco Bezzecchi.

However, the aim is to end on a high in Valencia as Aspar will see the return of Albert Arenas, after the Spaniard missed the last three rounds due to injury.

"I am looking forward to getting back into 'race mode', especially at a home circuit like Valencia, and meeting up with the team again," he said. "It hasn't been an easy few weeks.

"I have been working hard to get over the injury and I will continue to do so right up until the last minute. You also learn things in situations like this so I am going into the race with strength.

"The first challenge, the first objective, is to get through the medical on Thursday to make sure I am fit for the Grand Prix," he added, which is a standard procedure for anyone returning from an injury.

Meanwhile, Lorenzo dalla Porta is also hoping to end his first full season on a better note, as he prepares for his run with Leopard Racing in the 2018 season.

"This weekend marks the end of a difficult season but we are looking forward to giving our maximum like always and achieving a good result like in Australia. We are going to work hard from Friday to try and end the season with a good taste in our mouths," he said.

The CIP riders Bezzecchi and Manuel Pagliani, meanwhile, will hope to continue on its good form shown in the recent races, as they also get themselves ready for the 2018 season.

On the other hand, the Peugeot duo Jakub Kornfeil and Patrik Pulkkinen aims for the same, with the latter still looking out for a ride in the 2018 season.

For the Indian manufacturer, a podium will be a perfect send off, however, if they manage to beat the double Top 10 result from 2016 - it will still be a good closure.

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