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All round reward for Interwetten team with Lüthi podium

All round reward for Interwetten team with Lüthi podium

The Swiss rider of the Interwetten Moriwaki Moto2 Team’s third place at Jerez after a thrilling race delighted both him and his team, as he took his first podium since 2008.

Tom Lüthi secured his first podium finish in almost two years at the Gran Premio bwin de España on Sunday, riding a strong race to hold his own and cross the finish line in third place behind Toni Elías and Shoya Tomizawa in the Moto2 contest.

It was the former 125cc World Champion’s first podium finish since the 250cc GP at Assen in 2008, and the achievement was all the sweeter for the Swiss rider as it came at a track he has not enjoyed much previous success at before.

Prior to the weekend Lüthi’s best finish at Jerez had been last season’s fifth place, which had been preceded by five consecutive non-finishes at the Andalusian circuit. However, he banished any doubts those results may have cast to soar to third place and now lies in third position in the Moto2 World Championship standings after two rounds.

“This was a hard race,” admitted Lüthi. “There was a lot of overtaking but it was a lot of fun. We were lucky the race was restarted (after the original was red flagged due to an opening lap crash). The second start was better and I was able to stay with the leading group. I had a really good feeling with the bike and am really happy with my first podium in this class. The whole team worked so hard throughout the weekend and I’m delighted to be able to thank them with a podium.”

The Swiss rider manager Daniel Epp added: “You could see in Qatar that Tom was already strong. He rode very fast lap times and that continued here in Jerez. It was a shame he lost a position because of Elías’ overtake, but he fought like a lion and achieved a great result! This is Tom’s first podium in a long time and it seems like we have the old Tom back.”

Next up for Lüthi is the Monster Energy Grand Prix de France at Le Mans, a track at which he took his last GP win, in 2006 in the 125cc class.

Moto2, 2010, GRAN PREMIO bwin DE ESPAÑA, Thomas Luthi, Interwetten Moriwaki Moto2

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