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Lüthi regains lead with flawless display in Oz

Lüthi regains lead with flawless display in Oz

Lüthi regains lead with flawless display in Oz

Swiss youngster Thomas Lüthi stole back the advantage in the 125 championship fight with a dominant pole to chequered flag victory at Phillip Island where no one, not even title rival Mika Kallio - who finished fifth, came close to challenging him.

Lüthi built up a lead of 1.3 seconds by the end of the second lap, and by mid-race it had increased to 3.6 seconds over the then second-placed Marco Simoncelli (Aprilia). But behind Lüthi there was an intense fight as a pack of seven riders battled it out for podium places.

Kallio, who was in the chasing pack, looked to have gone clear in second place with two laps to go, but the group swallowed him up and spat him back out into fifth, damaging his title hopes, although not irretrievably.

Lüthi commented: "The engine and set up was perfect for me. We changed the engine settings a little after warm-up because of the wind and it was a good decision. I got a good start but Talmacsi tried to push me wide at the first corner, I was on the run off strip but I passed him and decided to push as hard as I could to get away and it worked. I was consistent for the first few laps and made a gap, but the tyres started to move about very early in the race and at mid-race I eased off a little because of front wheel slides. Maybe that was my best race, everything went to plan and I have to thank my team, my bike is very, very fast!"

Elit Grand Prix Honda rider Lüthi now leads the World Championship from Kallio by 12 points with two rounds remaining. In the Manufacturers' Championship KTM has 294 points, Honda 269 and Aprilia 260.


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