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Luthi: “This was one of the most difficult races”

Luthi: “This was one of the most difficult races”

A return to the podium for Tom Luthi, unable to hold off Johann Zarco in the last lap of the Shell Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix.

Starting from pole position, Tom Luthi made an incredible start to the Malaysian GP and led for the majority of the race. Johann Zarco (Ajo Motorsport) had been able to stay with the Swiss rider in the opening laps, but Luthi eventually broke him too. It appeared as though the Derendinger Racing Interwetten had the win within reach with five laps to go, but Zarco launched a late charge and Luthi was unable to withstand his assault. It was not down to fitness or a factor other than Zarco’s sheer pace.

Despite the disappointment of missing out on his second win of the season, Luthi is pleased with the result after a DNF in Japan and a lowly 13th in Japan. This is the third time Luthi has taken to the podium in 2015, his first since he was victorious in Le Mans. Thanks to the 20 points earned from second, Luthi moves up to fifth in the Moto2™ World Championship and could even end the year in fourth depending on how he and Sam Lowes (Speed Up Racing) finish in Valencia.

Thomas Luthi: “This was one of the most difficult races in my career, maybe the most difficult. Not really because of the heat, I am well prepared to handle these conditions, but because of the pressure from Johann during the whole race. We do not put the name of the person behind me on our pit board, only the gap, but I knew that it could only be him keeping up with my pace. In these conditions, I am proud of my performance, I did not make any mistakes. It was becoming more and more difficult with time, but I told myself that if it’s difficult for me, it has to be difficult for him as well. At the end Zarco was a bit better than me, the race was decided by a small margin.”

Moto2, 2015, SHELL MALAYSIA MOTORCYCLE GRAND PRIX, RAC, Thomas Lüthi, Derendinger Racing Interwetten

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