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Luthi breaks collarbone at Valencia

Luthi breaks collarbone at Valencia

250cc rider Thomas Luthi is on his way back to Switzerland this afternoon, after fracturing his collarbone in a crash during testing at Valencia.

250cc rider Thomas Luthi is on his way back to Switzerland this afternoon, after fracturing his collarbone in a crash during testing at Valencia.

The former 125cc World Champion, who rides for the Emmi Caffe Latte team in the quarter litre class, came off his Aprilia bike at the mid-afternoon stage of the combined lower cylinder category test. Suffering a clean breakage on the right side, Luthi was obviously immediately ruled out of any further participation in a test made difficult by cold conditions this morning.

This is the fourth time that the Swiss rider has experienced a similar injury. However, his three previous collarbone injuries have involved a fracture on the left side, somewhat reducing the severity of this most recent incident.

Luthi will undergo surgery in his homeland tomorrow, and is 99% certain to return in time for the Official test in Jerez next month. His previous comeback time record for the injury is just five days.

"When it happened, I was doing a very fast lap, but as far as the crash is concerned, I can't really remember anything, apart from hitting my head and my hip. I immediately realized that my collarbone was broken," said Lüthi.

"As it was pretty cold out there, we didn't have a chance to test a lot of stuff - so missing the remaining day and half of testing will be even more of a hindrance. However my goal for this season remains the same, I want to be fighting amongst the frontrunners and I shouldn't worry too much about this incident. There's plenty of time before the season starts and I'll try to regain full fitness as soon as possible."

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250cc, 2008, Thomas Lüthi, Thomas Luthi, Emmi - Caffe Latte, Emmi - Caffe Latte

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