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QatarGP: Scary moment for Tom Lüthi

Tom Lüthi had to digest his first crash under the heating sun of Qatar and 28°C.

Tom Lüthi changed positions with his teammate at the top of the field on today's hot afternoon a couple of times and finished the extremely tight session with three tenths of a second margin in fourth position.

 

During the second free practice of his Moto2-comeback he also was not far away, but at this time three tenths of a second already meant to be in tenth position. It was this position the Swiss was holding - thanks to his lap time of 1:59.211 - when he tried too much and had to accept a very first crash with his Kalex-Triumph machine in turn seven. Luckily the 32-years-old, who finished the day in 13th position, walked away uninjured.

 

Tom Lüthi

P13 - 1'59.211 (+0.576)

I have overdone it today and pulled the gas tap a little bit too much. I have been aware that this was too much of a risk and then I lost the rear and was not able to secure it. I crashed, but I am ok and I know what happened and where I have to tackle it tomorrow. I gambled and pushed too much. This was my mistake. I know how it feels to crash with this bike now. This morning the conditions were worse. The track was slippery and I tried to save the tyres, especially the front tyre. The new tyre I just used for the second outing. Furthermore I had a bad rhythm as other riders were holding me off on the ideal line. That was a pity. It is a problem in this class and I think this needs to be clarified.

 

FP°1:

1. Marcel SCHROTTER / GER / KALEX - 1'59.591

2. Xavi VIERGE / SPA / KALEX - 1'59.784 (+0.193)

3. Bo BENDSNEYDER / NED / NTS - 1'59.920 (+0.329)

4. Thomas LUTHI / SWI / KALEX - 1'59.933 (+0.342)

 

FP°2:

1. Lorenzo BALDASSARRI / ITA / KALEX - 1'58.635

2. Marcel SCHROTTER / GER / KALEX - 1'58.869 (+0.234)

3. Remy GARDNER / AUS / KALEX - 1'58.899 (+0.264)

13. Thomas LUTHI / SWI / KALEX - 1'59.211 (+0.576)

 

See full result: motogp.com

 

 

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