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Luthi looking forward to Qatar challenge

Luthi looking forward to Qatar challenge

Topping the timesheet on the final day of last week's Jerez test was a helpful psychological boost for 21 year-old Swiss rider Thomas Luthi, who aspires to be one of the front-runners in this year's 250cc World Championship.

Topping the timesheet on the final day of last week's Jerez test was a helpful psychological boost for 21 year-old Swiss rider Thomas Luthi, who aspires to be one of the front-runners in this year's 250cc World Championship.

The 2005 single cylinder category World Champion, who struggled to defend his 125cc crown in 2006 and did not appear on the podium during his debut 250cc campaign last year, will be hoping to produce top three finishes this time around in his sophomore quarter litre class season.

Onboard his 2008 spec official RSA with his Emmi Caffe Latte Aprilia team he has enjoyed the pre-season preparations thus far and was satisfied with his testing performance in Jerez, commenting: "Everything is running well with the team, and I'm quite happy. Of course we have to keep working, but it's quite good and we have a good base for Jerez, although in Qatar we have to work a lot more because there are so many different tracks."

Former Honda rider Luthi is also looking forward to the unique challenges of riding at night at Losail International circuit in this weekend's smaller cylinder class tests and of course for the seasoning opening race the weekend after.

He stated: "It will be new for everybody, so that's a good thing and the other thing is it will be cool. Everybody says it will be a little bit colder. We will see, we go there full of motivation and we'll take it as it comes."

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250cc, 2008

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