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GermanGP: 11th overall after first practice day

Tom Lüthi finished the first day of the German Grand Prix in eleventh place after two practice sessions.

The home GP weekend of the Dynavolt Intact GP team has started in best sunny weather. Tom Lüthi, who is acclaimed as the leader of the Moto2 World Championship at the Sachsenring, focused on the race distance on Friday. He and his crew already made progress with the setup, so that the Swiss was able to drive consistently fast lap times. It wasn't the one fast lap that was important today, but the pace over many kilometres. In addition to dozens of 1:24 times, he finished eleventh in the combined standings with a 1'24.527. Translated with

Tom Lüthi P11 - 1'24.527 (+0.579)
«We tried to take some things from Assen with us today, but the track is also very special for the setup. We definitely have to keep working, but we were able to start at a high level. The first outing this morning was constant and the lap times were very fast, that was really positive. Unfortunately we couldn't improve then. The strategy with the tyres was good. The weather looks dry for tomorrow. That's very important. I was able to save tyres in practice today and only rode with used tyres. Everything else is working well and we just have to keep going like this. To travel to the Sachsenring as world championship leader is something special and that's a nice feeling, but it has nothing to do with my job here this weekend. We continue to work as usual.»

Michael Thier Crew Chief #12 Tom Lüthi
«Basically, it went well. We were able to improve the bike in the second session compared to this morning. Maybe the steps weren't big enough because there's still something to do. But the focus was on the race distance and not necessarily on a fast lap, so I think we took a step forward. For tomorrow we still have to do more. Basically, the current ranking looks worse than our pace is compared to the others. We had to see which tyres gave Tom a better feeling. At the moment we have a direction that we will continue to pursue.»

1. Jonas FOLGER / GER / KALEX - 1'24.354
2. Marcel SCHROTTER / GER / KALEX - 1'24.361 (+0.007)
3. Iker LECUONA / SPA / KTM - 1'24.641 (+0.287)
7. Thomas LUTHI / SWI / KALEX - 1'24.784 (+0.430)

1. Brad BINDER / RSA / KTM - 1'23.948
2. Xavi VIERGE / SPA / KALEX - 1'24.328 (+0.380)
3. Iker LECUONA / SPA / KTM - 1'24.328 (+0.380) 8. Marcel SCHROTTER / GER / KALEX - 1'24.499 (+0.551)
10. Thomas LUTHI / SWI / KALEX - 1'24.527 (+0.579)

Combined practice times