Thomas Lüthi on his first GP win
Thomas Lüthi became the first rider from Switzerland to take a Grand Prix win since Jacques Cornu's victory at Spa-Francorchamps in 1989. Following his first taste of GP victory, the Elit GP Honda team rider shared his thoughts.
S. Thomas Lüthi, congratulations on your first GP success!
R. Thank you very much. I am so happy to finally take first place on the podium.
Q. How many interviews did you give after the race?
R. I don't know - I've stopped counting! The response from Switzerland was great. There has been a lot going on over the last two hours. It's an amazing feeling!
S. The win is an historic achievement for Switzerland, but the race seemed quite boring.
R. Yes, that is right. I was very quick at the front and was able to get away very quickly. But riding alone in front looks easier than it actually is. You have to stay focused all the time.
Q. Your race was almost without any mistakes. Tell us from your point of view what happened after you pole-position start.
R. The start wasn't perfect, but it was good. Mika Kallio managed to pass me, but I was back in front before long. Even although I made one or two little mistakes, everything worked out well.
Q. When did you realise that you could win?
R. I can't remember the exact lap, but when I had an eight second advantage I was fairly confident. Although, at the moment, I still can't believe I won.
Q. You didn't appear to be very excited on the podium. Why?
R. After taking the flag, I ran out of gas during the honour lap. I had heard that you can be disqualified when you don't have enough fuel for the honour lap. But then I found out everything was ok and I was able to enjoy my win in full.
Q. Will we hear the national anthem of Switzerland on another Grand Prix occasion?
R. I don't know that yet, but it was a very nice feeling.