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AustrianGP: Lüthi third fastest on an extremely close Friday

The Red Bull Ring on the first training day offered not only a dream scenery, but also summery dream weather.

In Moto2 a total of 25 riders gathered together within only one second on the 4.3 km long track on Friday.

Tom Lüthi was surerly one of them. The Swiss was able to make good progress after a 12th place in the morning and to finish the afternoon with the third fastest time, a 1'29.147. Also in the overall standings this meant third place, with a gap of only 0.118 seconds to the fastest Brad Binder.

Tom Lüthi P3 - 1'29.147 (+0.118)
«The day was quite good, especially at the end. We prepared a good plan yesterday together with the whole team, also for the tyres and that worked perfectly. I was able to stick to it very well. Of course we have to continue working. The weather forecast looks dry for tomorrow, but you never know. It's certainly quite good that we already have a lap time for the Q2. It will also be important in the third free practice to ride a fast lap time again, if the conditions allow it. But the focus is on the race distance. We also improved on the brakes. The track is extreme for braking and we have to work on it. But I was able to go to the limit today from the start and that's important.»

Michael Thier Crew Chief #12 Tom Lüthi
«It was relatively quickly clear in which direction we would go, also with the tyres. The track here has its own character. There are a few things you have to keep in mind if you want to be fast here. In FP1 we decided to go in one direction to see if it was the right way and then we continued with it in FP2. Tom was able to set two really fast times and to jump into the top three. We now have to analyse whether our steps are confirmed in the data today and then we will decide how we can improve in the last free practice tomorrow morning.»

1. Augusto FERNANDEZ / SPA / KALEX - 1'29.264
2. Iker LECUONA / SPA / KTM - 1'29.310 (+0.046)
3. Marcel SCHROTTER / GER / KALEX - 1'29.336 (+0.072)
12. Thomas LUTHI / SWI / KALEX - 1'29.584 (+0.320)

1. Brad BINDER / RSA / KTM - 1'29.029
2. Tetsuta NAGASHIMA / JPN / KALEX - 1'29.119 (+0.090)
3. Thomas LUTHI / SWI / KALEX - 1'29.147 (+0.118)
10. Marcel SCHROTTER / GER / KALEX - 1'29.474 (+0.445)

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