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By Garage Plus Interwetten

Lüthi: “I knew that Morbidelli was reading me…”

Back-to-back wins for the first time ever

Tom Lüthi (Garage Plus Interwetten), despite having taken a world championship when he won the 125 title in 2005, had never won two races in a row in his GP career – until Phillip Island. On pole once again and with his sights firmly on changing that fact, the Swiss rider took some incredible pressure from Franco Morbidelli (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS) and Mattia Pasini (Italtrans Racing Team) throughout most of the race – until it became a two rider duel of Morbidelli vs Lüthi. With the Italian getting past and leading throughout the last few corners, the Swiss rider looked out of it: but with a plan ready, Lüthi slipstreamed the EG0,0 Marc VDS bike to the line – and took an incredible photo finish. With another 25 point haul, the Garage Plus Interwetten also moved into P2 in the title standings – only 22 down on leader Johann Zarco (Ajo Motorsport).

Tom Lüthi (P1): "One of the TV journalists asked me on the grid if it is true that I had never won two races in a row and I obviously responded: "That is why I am here!" We tested different set-ups in the morning's warm-up but it did not work; I was far off and on the limit. We stepped back to what we had yesterday during the couple of minutes when the track was dry and it was great. My start was really good, I tried to get away, maintaining my pace but Pasini and then Morbidelli managed to stay with me. Each time I crossed the line I saw that the gap was very small, 1 tenth, 1 tenth, 2 tenths, maybe 3 tenths one time, it was very close. Since I was leading most of the time I knew that Morbidelli was reading me and where my weak spots were, I didn't know much about him; so I decided to let him pass me to study him and I understood that there was a gap if I exit really hard from the last corner, I could overtake him on the final straight. And now? I will not change anything: I will concentrate on myself and not where others are in the championship."

Luthi: "Two in a row for the first time!"