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Luthi: “I kept feeling better and better”

Luthi: “I kept feeling better and better”

Tom Luthi returns to pole position for the first time since 2012 and aims for Shell Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix success on Sunday.

Before today Tom Luthi had taken seven pole positions during his World Championship career, only two in the Moto2™ World Champion but a 2‘06.383 sees the Swiss rider back in prime position. Luthi last lined up on pole in Qatar way back in 2012, his previous best Qualifying result in the intermediate class at Sepang was a second in 2013. The Derendinger Racing Interwetten rider returned to pole position with a flourish, setting a new circuit record with his time. Back in 2011 Luthi won the Malaysian GP from pole position, his first in the class, he’s hopeful of recreating this success on Sunday.

Race pace also looks strong and consistent for Luthi, though with the likes of Johann Zarco (Ajo Motorsport) and Alex Rins (Paginas Amarillas HP 40) also lining up on the front row the battle will no doubt be intense. This would of course not be Luthi’s first win of the season, having already claimed victory in Le Mans during the fourth round of the year. A run of steady results has Luthi sixth in the World Championship, just two points behind Jonas Folger (AGR Team) in fifth.

Thomas Luthi: “We did a good work even from yesterday and improved the bike even today. The team worked so hard and they did a good job over the whole weekend. We improved and I kept feeling better and better all the time. For sure I am very happy with pole, as the lap times are quite fast but I still feel confident for the race, I’m pretty consistent.”

Moto2, 2015, SHELL MALAYSIA MOTORCYCLE GRAND PRIX, QP, Thomas Luthi, Derendinger Racing Interwetten

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