Gadea to sub for recovering Lüthi

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Thursday, 7 March 2013

Sergio Gadea will be back in action for the first two rounds of the 2013 Moto2™ World Championship to substitute the injured Tom Lüthi.

Team Interwetten Paddock star Tom Luthi underwent successful surgery for a second time after his pre-season testing accident on February 14th and continues his path of recovery. Following his first operation only hours after the accident, in which the fractured bones in his right elbow were plated an screwed back together, three torn ligaments in the AC joint of his right shoulder were re-attached in a smaller operation last Monday.

On Wednesday evening, Luthi was released from the hospital. “I am glad that the operations, the anaesthetics, the pain killers and the hospital atmosphere are now a thing of the past and that I’m now able to look ahead into the future and fully concentrate on my recovery”, he said. Luthi immediately resumed physiotherapy on his right arm. He works with all his energy towards an early Grand Prix comeback, with the target to be fully fit for the first European Grand Prix at Jerez.

For the last official tests at Jerez on March 18th to 21st and, at this stage, for the first two races of the season at Qatar and Texas, Spaniard Sergio Gadea was nominated as Luthi’s replacement rider. The 28-year-old from Valencia celebrated three 125 cc victories in nine years of Grand Prix racing and also conquered a podium finish in his first Moto2 season in 2010. Towards the end of 2011, he suffered a bad crash at the Grand Prix of Japan at Motegi and was sidelined for several weeks. For 2012, he didn’t find enough financial support to continue Grand Prix racing on a professional level.

Replacing Tom Luthi gives Gadea the chance to return to the limelight of Grand Prix Racing on the highest technical level and to impress teams and sponsors once again. For Team Interwetten Paddock, the agreement with Gadea opens up the opportunity of taking part in the first events of the season without rushing Tom Luthi’s recovery.

Sergio Gadea:

“To be able to return to the world championship with such a professional team and such a competitive bike is a fantastic opportunity for me. Whilst I tried to keep in good shape throughout last year riding all kinds of different bikes, I was waiting for a chance like that. Times are tough in Spain, which made it very difficult to find financial support for this sport. I am even more delighted about this opportunity and I will pull all stops to deliver the best-possible results.”

“The Suter MMX2 is the world championship-winning machine and speaks for itself, as do the victories and podium finishes that Tom and his team conquered with this bike. But miracles don’t exist in this sport and even though I have more than a year of experience in the Moto2 category, I can’t expect to be able to compete on the same high level straight after my comeback. But I am still confident, because I had good results at Jerez and Qatar in the past. During the Jerez tests, I will try to learn and understand as much as possible about the bike, then we will see where we are at in comparison to our rivals. I can’t wait to get on the bike!“

Daniel M. Epp – team owner:

“We are all very happy that Tom’s second operation was a success and that he continues his quick recovery. But it is still realistic to assume a rehabilitation period of two months, which is why we nominated Sergio Gadea as a replacement rider for the upcoming Jerez tests and, in all likelihood, for the first two races of the season as well.  With three victories and a total of 18 podium finishes, Sergio proved that he is one of the top riders in Grand Prix racing. He deserves another chance. With Sergio in our team, Tom can go through his recovery program step by step and without time pressure. But of course, we and his bike are ready for him as soon as he is fit again!”.

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