Lüthi intends to race in Barcelona

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Tuesday, 29 June 2010

The Interwetten Moriwaki Moto2 rider had an operation on his recovering collarbone on Saturday, and says he will “definitely try to race” at the Gran Premi Aperol de Catalunya this weekend.

Highly impressive results of second at Silverstone and third at Assen in the Moto2 class for Tom Lüthi have been made all the more remarkable with the revelation that he rode in both races with a recovering dislocated collarbone.

The Swiss rider of the Interwetten Moriwaki Moto2 team dislocated his left clavicle in a motocross accident before Silverstone, but still took a podium finish at the British circuit and at Assen a week later as well. In Saturday’s race he then broke the collarbone as he tried to control his bike, with the pressure of his shoulder causing further injury but incredibly still failing to stop him from registering another top three finish.

Lüthi was operated on in Switzerland by Doctor Marc Mettler later that evening to replace the titanium plate which had been inserted after the original accident, and is currently recuperating at home. The 24 year-old is now determined to compete in this weekend’s Gran Premi Aperol de Catalunya, as he tries to defend third place in the overall Championship standings.

“I will definitely try to race in Barcelona. I am third in the World Championship standings right now and I will do all I can to not risk this position,” said Lüthi, who will have a medical check when he arrives in Barcelona on Thursday. “I’ve already had one race with no points this season and I won't risk losing more important points.”

Lüthi continued: “I will speak to the doctors in Barcelona and hope that I will be on the bike for the first free practice on Friday. I feel fine after the operation and there are still three days to get well.”

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