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AustinGP: Tom Lüthi finishes the first day on P2

On the opening day of the Texas Grand Prix, Tom Lüthi rushes to second overall place in both free practice sessions.

Tom Lüthi was always close to his teammate in second place. The Swiss rode his fastest time of 2'10.490 with old tyres and tried everything to beat his pit neighbour. Not quite satisfied with the setup for the demanding track, which never feels the same due to the uneven tarmac, he and his squad will be sorting out a few more points for tomorrow.

The weather forecasts for Saturday predict a rain and thunderstorm probability of about 60% for the morning, i.e. for the last free practice session before the qualifying sessions.

 

Tom Lüthi P2 - 2'10.490 (+0.508)
It was not bad today for sure. We can be satisfied with the result. It is not easy to find the right set up here. You don’t have so many laps with the bike as the laps are so long and the track is very varying. You have to be fast. Tomorrow it might rain, which can cost us laps again. Overall I am happy, but if I look at Marcel’s times I see that we still have some work to do. They are quite impressive. He is half a second faster than anyone else and that shows us that we have to keep working. We are not happy yet with the setup as we are not where we want to be. For tomorrow we definitely have to close the gap to Marcel.

 

FP°1:
1. Marcel SCHROTTER / GER / KALEX - 2'10.853
2. Thomas LUTHI / SWI / KALEX - 2'11.338 (+0.485)
3. Jorge NAVARRO / SPA / SPEED UP - 2'11.401 (+0.548)

FP°2:
1. Marcel SCHROTTER / GER / KALEX - 2'09.982
2. Thomas LUTHI / SWI / KALEX - 2'10.490 (+0.508)
3. Alex MARQUEZ / SPA / KALEX - 2'10.580 (+0.598)

 

See full result (combined free practice) on motogp.com