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Media releases: Tom Lüthi enters the MotoGP in 2018

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017 | Sports

August 23, 2017 – 12:51
Rise with Marc-VDS-Honda: After eleven years in the middle category, veteran Tom Lüthi still has the chance to compete in the MotoGP

The Marc VDS team has not yet confirmed the rise of Tom Lüthi

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(cafetheology.org) – The rumors condense: Tom Lüthi will compete in the MotoGP next season. The Swiss, who celebrates his 31st birthday in two weeks, will be the team-mate of Franco Morbidelli at Marc VDS in 2018. The team has not officially confirmed the transfer yet, but Lüthis change seems to be a decided thing. Even ex-team colleague Dominique Aegerter already congratulated already on 'Instagram' for the promotion into the MotoGP.Lüthi was beside Ex-Moto2 world champion Stefan Bradl the favorite to the second place in the team of Marc van der Straten. Although the Swiss is significantly older than Bradl, he was awarded the contract by the Belgian team, who will also compete with Honda in the coming season. In contrast to the current season, Marc VDS will receive no more current material from HRC. This change motivated Jack Miller to seek an alternative. The Australian will be sitting on a Ducati Desmosedici in the new season and will drive for Pramac. Still team colleague Tito Rabat was on the shooting list with Marc VDS, as he has not shown any noticeable increase. Since 2002 starts Lüthi in the motorcycle world championship and counts in the MotoGP paddock to the Urgesteinen. In 2005 the former Honda driver took the title in the 125th World Championship and after another year in the 125cc World Championship he rose to the 250s. From 2007 to 2009, Lüthi started for Aprilia in the 250cc World Championship but won no race. Since the change to the Moto2 format, he has always ended the season in the top 6. So far, Lüthi has won ten Moto2 races. In sum, he won 15 Grand Prix victories.


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