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Tom Lüthi: "Have not yet reached my zenith"

Thursday, August 24th, 2017 | Sports

24. August 2017 – 21:34

Tom Lüthi will celebrate his MotoGP debut at Marc-VDS-Honda in 2018

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(cafetheology.org) – On this Thursday Marc-VDS-Honda let the cat out of the sack and confirmed that in addition to Moto2 pilot Franco Morbidelli in the MotoGP season 2018 put on another rookie: the Swiss Tom Lüthi The satellite team will intensify in the coming year and thus after eleven years in the middle class still creates the long-sighted rise to the royal class. "It took a lot of years to make it, I got the chance and I wanted to use it, of course." I always said that if I was to make the ascent, then everyone would A case with a competitive team that has a good structure and is professional, I have done so now, "the Lüthi explains his decision to rise. Although there had been frequent talks in the previous years, never a concrete offer. However, after Marc van der Straten's MotoGP team had to separate from Jack Miller because he decided for Pramac-Ducati, there was a place vacant and Lüthi The favorite for the succession. "The election met him unanimously, although he is a MotoGP rookie, he is a former 125cc world champion and has shown incredibly consistent performance for seven years in the Moto2," says the team owner, explaining the drivers' choice.Morbidelli as team colleague: According to Lüthi AdvantageLüthi did not have to hesitate for a long time to say: "Marc VDS make a top job, everything is professional and well-organized, which makes it possible for the drivers to do their job." The team also knows the team from the Moto2 class. His current competitor in the World Championship and future MotoGP colleague Morbidelli drives there. Lüthi jokes: "In the Moto2 class, they are very stubborn, they should be a bit slower." That the 201-year-old will be sharing his garage with his current rival, the 30-year-old looks positive. "We are now on the same level, we are fighting together at the very top in the Moto 2. After that, with the same experience as getting into the MotoGP, in the same box with the same material, that is certainly an advantage Even if one and then the other is faster, "Lüthi looks ahead. This can lead to a mutual learning process similar to that of Tech-3-Yamaha. There were already two rookies this season – and that was very successful. Moto2 is a good class to learn, "Jonas (Folger) and (Johann) Zarco show exactly the opposite, which is what Moto2 criticizes as a bad preparation for the MotoGP class "Dani Pedrosa:" Tom was a strong competitor "

Last year Lüthi tested the MotoGP-KTM in Spielberg


"I do not know the Honda and I can only see it from the outside." In the end I have to conclude the Moto2 story and start the new chapter, and then learn to learn as quickly as possible. The Honda also wins, but the change is perhaps more difficult, which is what everyone is saying. " So far the 30-year-old has only tested the MotoGP-KTM.Rat he can possibly get in the future from Honda factory driver Dani Pedrosa, who knows Lüthi from the former 125er class and congratulates the Swiss to the MotoGP contract. "It's not that easy to get into the MotoGP these days," the Spaniard knows. "But the satellite teams are doing a great job to give more drivers the chance, Tom was a long time in the Moto2, I've remembered him as a strong competitor." His first and so far only world title was Lüthi in 2005 125's class. Two years later, he joined the 250cc class, today's Moto2. This season, he is fighting for the second year in a row for the world title. Then he wants to concentrate again. He still misses the overall leader Morbidelli 26 points. Seven races are still outstanding. After the season finale in Valenica, he is expected to test the Honda for the first time. He would have this chance again at the age of 31 years, many of them had their doubts, too. But Lüthi sees a kind of rethinking: "It was recognized That others may need a little bit longer to learn things than a giant talent like (Marc) Marquez, it's a good thing for me to be a little over, because I believe I have not reached my zenith. "


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