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Thomas Lüthi aims for top ten finish

Thomas Lüthi aims for top ten finish

Swiss youngster Thomas Lüthi has high hopes for his first season in the 250 class following a promising preseason to date. The 2005 125cc World Champion aims to be in the top ten this year, following his promotion to the quarter-litre category after an injury-affected attempt to defend that title in 2006.

Swiss youngster Thomas Lüthi has high hopes for his first season in the 250 class following a promising preseason to date. The 2005 125cc World Champion aims to be in the top ten this year, following his promotion to the quarter-litre category after an injury-affected attempt to defend that title in 2006.

Indeed, 20 year old Lüthi has been given special dispensation by the Swiss government to postpone his national military service for what is an important year for the man from Oberdiessbach.

The atmosphere he is experiencing within the Emmi Caffe Latte Aprilia Racing Team camp can only help matters, with all individuals concerned in an upbeat mood as the start of the season draws near.

"I'm really looking forward to the first race. The tests have already shown me how well things are going. Not only is it fun to work together with the new crew, but things have also moved to an entirely different level. Riding for Aprilia adds a completely new dimension for me. This is a hard field, but I feel I'm ready", commented Lüthi.

This confidence has been backed up by comments from the rider's team manager Daniel M. Epp, who added: "The support from the Italians is extremely professional. For this collaboration it was highly important that Tom was fast in the winter tests. But we are only at the beginning, and the level this year is very, very high."

Meanwhile, an additional factor raising the hopes for a further successful season for Lüthi has been Epp's recruitment of the highly valued Mauro Noccioli for the team. With the experience of working as chief mechanic for such illustrious names as Valentino Rossi, Max Biaggi and Loris Capirossi, Noccioli will aid Lüthi's quest to drive onwards and upwards in 2007.

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250cc, 2007

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