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MalaysianGP: promising fifth place on the grid for Tom Lüthi

Tom Lüthi fights his way up to fifth on the grid for his 200th Moto2 race in weather-insecure Sepang. In the last free practice session on Saturday morning he previously made further progress with his setup work and preparations for the upcoming qualifying.

In Q2 in the early afternoon Tom Lüthi caught an unfavourable moment to start his time chase. The Swiss had to do his best, while several of his rivals were on his heels and let him pull them along in his slipstream. Riding in eighth position he came back into the pits for a quick tyre change and then had exactly five minutes to tackle a final attack. This was enough for just two more flying laps, in which it even started to rain noticeably at the end. Nevertheless, he was the only one who could improve and jump to fifth place.
Tom Lüthi will start into his 200th Moto2-race on Sunday. He is the first rider to achieve this milestone. The second row on the grid definitely is not a bad position to start into the 18 laps of heat-battle to fight for a third podium in a row and to try to carry the title-fight to the last round of the season in Valencia.

Tom Lüthi P5 - 2'05.714 (+0.470)
«Second row is not bad. Unfortunately, I was in front and pulled everyone along. But I had to keep pushing because I had planned to stop for a tyre change. I saw that everyone was following me and that they were waiting for me. Unfortunately, we couldn't control it any other way. But in retrospect it was still the right thing to do, because I could even improve with the second tyre and more rain. But I was absolutely at the limit. I gave everything every lap. The conditions were very difficult with all the water on the visor. But we fought our way to the second row of the grid and that's very positive. We now want to continue working on the bike during the warm-up. At the last races we always took good steps with the bike on Sunday, so I'm confident.»

Michael Thier Crew Chief #12 Tom Lüthi
«The second row on the grid is basically positive for us. Of course we are still missing some steps towards the top, but we had to ride the time today alone and could not follow anyone. We were able to improve the bike and do a good step forward. We still had some problems while turning this morning. We were able to improve that during the qualifying already. Tomorrow it will be interesting who can get the best out of the tyres, as the tyre performance drops here really fast. We will have to use the Warm-up as good as possible and then hope the best for the race.»


QP:
1. Alex MARQUEZ / SPA / KALEX - 2'05.244
2. Tetsuta NAGASHIMA / JPN / KALEX - 2'05.395 (+0.151)
3. Brad BINDER / RSA / KTM - 2'05.559 (+0.315)
5. Thomas LUTHI / SWI / KALEX - 2'05.714 (+0.470)
8. Marcel SCHROTTER / GER / KALEX - 2'05.792 (+0.548)

Full starting grid: motogp.com
Lap time analysis: motogp.com