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Luthi prepares to tackle ‘home from home’

Swiss rider talks ahead of local round in Germany.

The MotoGP World Championship visits a total of fourteen countries over the course of the season, but with the wide variety of nationalities present on the grid, not everyone gets the chance to ride at their home track.

For this reason some riders have to make do with events close to home. Gabor Talmacsi, for example, brings huge crowds over from Hungary to the Czech Republic at Brno every year. For 250cc star Thomas Luthi, the Alice Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland is one such race.

“Every weekend is important for me. Sachsenring is special for me; it’s not my home race, but Germany is close to Switzerland, the language is the same and I’ve got a lot of fans that come to watch me here,” says the former 125cc World Champion and Swiss sportsman of the year, who cut his teeth in the German national series due to a lack of motorcycle racing in his homeland.

A long association with Sachsenring stretches back to the 22 year-old’s World Championship debut at the track in 2002, although it hasn’t brought Luthi his best results. Second place in 2005 is his best finish at the track, which is a bit different to the style of circuit that he normally favours.

“I prefer fast corners that I can go into with full throttle, but Sachsenring is more of a mix between this and more technical corners. You’ve got to set the bike up very well for the race,” he explained on Thursday in Germany, before coyly addressing questions over his prospects for 2010.

“My dream has always been to enter MotoGP, but next year is not certain yet. There is also the Moto2 class coming in next year, but at the moment I have to focus on the current season.”

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