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Luthi relieved to finally reach 250cc podium

Luthi relieved to finally reach 250cc podium

After a long wait to step onto the rostrum in the 250cc class Swiss youngster Thomas Luthi was visibly relieved after his third place finish at Mugello.

Though his first quarter-litre class podium had a touch of good fortune about it, after Hector Barbera´s late crash in Italy, the rostrum appearance has been a long time coming for Emmi – Caffe Latte Aprilia´s Thomas Luthi, who savoured the moment on Sunday as he followed Marco Simoncelli and Alex Debon across the line at Mugello.

The 21 year-old Swiss rider was the 250cc category´s nearly man last year having moved up from the 125cc class, scoring eight top five finishes in 2007 – half of them in fourth place.

The departure of big guns Jorge Lorenzo, Andrea Dovizioso and Alex de Angelis from the category to MotoGP - and Luthi´s upgrade in Aprilia machinery - meant great things were expected of the 2005 125cc World title-winner this year, but he has had an indifferent start to the 2008 campaign.

Having finally put an end to his podium drought at round six, Luthi stated, `I am happy because it has been a long and hard fight to get my first podium in 250cc for a year and a half. I hope we can continue like this and keep the line, the speed like that. We want to stay in the front group in more races because the start of the season has not been good for me. So now it is a really hard fight, but we will keep working and see what happens.´

Reviewing the Italian contest he added, `The race was really tough. Alex (Debon) was fighting hard with me. I was trying to stay with him but on the last lap I made a small mistake, so in the end I got third place. I have to say thanks a lot to the team because they did a good job.´

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

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