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Lüthi lands Swiss sportsman award

Lüthi lands Swiss sportsman award

Lüthi lands Swiss sportsman award

As the first Swiss rider to win a World title since Stefan Dörflinger back in 1985, Thomas Lüthi has been awarded the Credit Suisse Sports Award, for Switzerland's sportsperson of the year, in a ceremony held last weekend in Berne.

Winning the 125cc world title instantly converted the Swiss youngster from Oberdiessbach into a national hero and allowed him to snatch the award from tennis world number one Roger Federer who had taken the gong for the previous two years.

The vote was held in two rounds; a first vote by local journalists gave the advantage to Federer who had been expected to win the award for the third time, but the public made the difference in the second round which saw Lüthi claim 46% of the votes.

"I'm so happy that I don't really know what to say!" smiled Lüthi. "Having such support from one's own country is something fantastic."

While his 125 rival Mika Kallio was honoured recently as Finland's best rider/driver of the year, it has been announced that Lüthi will defend his title under a new livery as Caffé Latte will become the title sponsor of the Elit team. Daniel Epp's team will also line up a second rider next year, German hopeful Sandro Cortese.

125cc, 2005

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