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Luthi keen to make jump to 250cc

Luthi keen to make jump to 250cc

Luthi keen to make jump to 250cc

Swiss rider Thomas Luthi has had something of an unfortunate fall from grace this season in the 125cc World Championship. Defending his 2005 World Title, the Caffe Latte Elit GP rider has been hit by injuries and has struggled to regain his form in the face of stiff competition from Aprilia and KTM riders. In an exclusive interview with motogp.com, Luthi spoke on his difficult season and what lies ahead for him.

Has it been a season to forget?

I certainly wanted better results, and to step onto the podium on more occasions, but my objective at the start of the season was a top six finish in the classification.

The shoulder injuries were the big blow to your season, weren't they?

The collarbone fracture at the start of the season didn't come at the greatest moment, but we worked hard against such setbacks. Recovering from injuries takes time, but they are part and parcel of being a rider.

Is it any consolation to be the highest placing Honda rider?

I don't pay any attention to my rivals. If I have a problem, it's up to me and the team to sort it out. The Honda riders' results are something I don't even look at, but the media keep bringing it up with me. It doesn't interest me really, what I look for is an improvement in the races.

What are your plans for next season?

I have a contract with my main sponsors, Caffe Latte and Interwetten, for two more seasons. They won't get involved in my sporting and team decisions, so that's something that myself and my manager, Daniel Epp, have to sort out. I really want to make the move to 250cc and I think I'm ready for the change.

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125cc, 2006, Thomas Luthi, Thomas Lüthi

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