Mahindra Racing's Sarath Kumar created history at the CIV-Italian championship, taking the third spot and getting his first-ever podium finish, in the 125GP here on Sunday.

The Indian rider moved up the rankings after third place winner, Andrea Mantovani, was disqualified due to engine irregularities. Sarath clocked a remarkable time of 25:38:775.

Sarath had become the first Indian to score points in this championship during the second round in Imola.

On the other hand, the winner of the first two rounds — Ricardo Morreti — was forced into early retirement due to technical problems.

After the third round, Sarath climbed up to fifth place with 22 points while Moretti was in the second spot with 50.

The next two races will take place on June 23 and 24.

Dream come true

About his performance, Sarath said: “A podium finish at the Italian Championship is a dream come true for me. I got off to a good start and was able to recover a lot of positions up to the 14th place.

“It was my first time in Monza, a circuit I am quickly getting accustomed to — it's a really fast one!

“I want to thank all my technical staff, manager and Team Mahindra for their support,” said Sarath.

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