Luthi gives 101 on Jerez crunch race

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Friday, 1 May 2009

Swiss rider looks for high points in 101st World Championship race.

Thomas Luthi rides in his 101st Grand Prix this weekend at the Gran Premio bwin.com de España, knowing that he needs points on the board in his hunt to put himself in the title chase. The former 125cc World Champion has his work cut out for him though, as not only has he got some tough rivals looking for rostrum finishes, but also an unenviable previous record at the track. In six starts at Jerez, Luthi’s twelfth place last year was his only finish.

“It’s nice to be back in Europe after the last two rounds, and it even seems to be good weather here,” said the Swiss rider ahead of the opening 250cc practice session on Friday. “This is a track where testing went well for us, with a lot of laps, but this has been the case for everyone.”

With some of his rivals slow out of the starting blocks in 2009, Luthi knows that he will have to start taking rostrums to establish his title credentials and take advantage of their misfortunes. He was pragmatic about his approach to the weekend’s race, eyeing consistency over surprise results.

“Obviously we need to pick up a lot of points, not just place in the points. There isn’t too much of a gap at the front just yet, so we will just be looking at a good race this weekend –we’re confident,” he concluded.

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