Moto3: Manuel Pagliani scores a point for Mahindra in fighting Sepang race
Mahindra was once again in the points courtesy CIP's Manuel Pagliani's battling 15th place finish in the 18-lap race at the Sepang International Circuit.
This was the Italian's fourth points finish, his second in succession after Phillip Island. Having started from 20th, Pagliani made steady progress in the race.
The Italian first battled with Marcos Ramirez. After clearing him, he was involved in a back and forth tussle with Philipp Oettl - the two exchanging positions to claim the final point.
The decisive moving, in the end, coming from Pagliani, who took Oettl on Lap 16 to secure the 15th place - the lone scorer for the Indian manufacturer.
Teammate Marco Bezzecchi didn't have enough pace to challenge for points as the VR46 rider hovered around the Top 20 to eventually finish in 19th.
Having lost out at the start, Peugeot's Jakub Kornfeil couldn't make huge progress to end up 21st, while teammate Patrik Pulkkinen was 23rd, keeping Aspar's Maria Herrera at bay.
"I am not happy about the race. In the first lap I lost a lot of positions because I was in the middle of the pack and had nowhere to go," said Kornfeil. I had to go straight and after that I had to pass many riders again.
"I was trying to push and get away from the group to close the gap but the guys in my group always outbraked me with their overtakings. In the end there was not much more I could do because the others were too far away."
Herrera revealed of a minor headache which also disrupted her run. "I started pretty well, but didn't manage to take the first corner as I wanted and I ended up behind," she said.
"On my first lap, I set my best lap of the weekend, but I couldn't ride one hundred percent in the race. Also, I had a little headache with the helmet and I struggle to concentrate.
"It's a shame not to have been able to finish the race in the group, but I've given my best and I'm happy with that," she added as she finishes her small stint with Aspar in Malaysia.
Meanwhile, it was disaster for Lorenzo dalla Porta after the Italian was taken out by wildcard Kasma Daniel Kasmayudin on the final lap of the race.
"It has been a difficult weekend," he said. "It seemed that we had solved something in qualifying, but in the race, with the race rubber and the heat, the bike was sliding a lot.
"Also, I could not brake hard and when I did the bike was stopping mid-corner. In the end, on the penultimate lap, I was knocked off but it didn't change much because I was behind."
With just the one race at Valencia to go for Mahindra in its Moto3 journey, the Indian manufacturer has 43 points in its kitty after 17 races.