Thomas Lüthi, 2005 125cc World Champion
Date of birth: 06/09/1986
Place of birth: Oberdiessbach, SUI
First Grand Prix: 2002 GER 125cc
First Pole Position: 2005 FRA 125cc
First Fastest Lap: -
First Podium 2003: CAT 125cc
First GP Victory: 2005 FRA 125cc
Grand Prix Starts: 51
125cc Starts: 51
Grand Prix Victories: 4
125cc Victories: 4
2nd Places: 4
3rd places: 1
Pole Positions: 5
Fastest Laps: 1
World Championship Wins: 1
Total Points: 331
Thomas Lüthi made his racing debut back in 1997, aged just eleven, in the Swiss Pocketbike Championship. The youngster from Oberdiesbach finished in the top three in his first season and was runner-up the following year. Lüthi clinched consecutive titles in the discipline in 1999 and 2000, before moving on to 125cc road racing in the German ADAC 125cc Junior Cup in 2001.
His first season on the German scene saw him finish in sixth overall, which allowed him to move up to the German IDM 125cc Championship in 2002. Midway through the season he graduated to the 125cc World Championship with the Elit Grand Prix team run by Daniel Epp. He entered seven races and took a promising ninth place at Estoril.
In 2003, his first full campaign in the World Championship, he took second at Catalunya in a thrilling battle with Dani Pedrosa before suffering a serious pelvic injury at Brno. 2004 continued in the same vein for the youngster with the season blighted by injury and misfortune, but he got the opportunity to make another title assault in 2005, once more on a Honda, and with the same team behind him.
2002: World Championship debut at the 125cc German GP riding a Honda for the Elit Grand Prix Team. Final Championship position: 27th with 7 points.
2003: First full season in the Championship with the Elit Grand Pix Team. Final Championship position: 15th with 68 points.
2004: Another year with the Elit Grand Prix Team on a Honda. Final Championship position: 25th with 14 points.
2005: Becomes 125cc World Champion riding for the Elit Grand Prix Team.
Final Championship position: 1st with 242 points - 4 wins: France, Czech Republic, Malaysia and Australia.
Other facts about Lüthi's career:
- Lüthi is the youngest-ever Swiss rider to win a world championship title in any class.
- At the age of 19 years and 61 days he becomes the sixth youngest rider ever to win a world title after Loris Capirossi, Dani Pedrosa, Valentino Rossi, Andrea Dovizioso and Manuel Poggiali.
- He is the first Swiss rider since Luigi Taveri in 1966 to win the 125cc world title.
- Lüthi is also the first Swiss rider to win a title in any of the solo classes of GP racing since Stefan Dörflinger won the 80cc title in 1985.
- It is the first time ever that Honda have won three successive rider titles in the 125cc class.