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Positive Sepang test for Morbidelli and Lüthi

Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS rider Tom Lüthi declared himself satisfied with the progress made during the first test of the new season at Sepang, after again improving his lap times on the third and final day.


While Tom Lüthis team mate Morbidelli got his first MotoGP crash out of the way yesterday, Lüthi waited until the third and final day before experiencing the same; going down in a low speed crash this morning after losing the front into turn four. Uninjured, and with the bike suffering little damage in the low side tumble, Lüthi quickly resumed his testing program. The Swiss rider spent most of the day on used tyres, to get a feel for how the bike demands to be ridden towards the end of a race when tyre performance has dropped off.

Tom Lüthi will return to testing action on 16th February at the Chang International Circuit in Thailand, a new addition to the MotoGP calendar for the 2018 season.


Tom Lüthi:

2'01.126 – 52 Laps

"A good day again today, with another step made with the bike and tyres. The conditions were different today; normally it's fast in the morning and then again in the afternoon when the temperature starts to drop, But today the grip level wasn't there this afternoon, with no real fast times at the end. Today we worked mostly with old tyres, to understand better how to ride the bike towards the end of the race when the tyres start to slide. This was quite interesting and I think I learnt a lot today. I also got my first MotoGP crash out of the way, after losing the front at turn four. I almost saved it but then the rear went away and down I went. So now I know what that feels like too."


Michael Bartholemy:

Team Principal

"For me this was a positive test. With Franky we saw constant improvement each day, so he's working in a good way. On Tom's side, he seems a little disappointed with the lap times, but from our perspective he's doing a good job also. Already we can see many things that he's doing quite well with the MotoGP bike and if he can make the same progress during the next two tests then I think he'll make up for the testing time missed at the end of last year ahead of the first race in Qatar. And of course both riders had their first crash in MotoGP, so that's also done. Now I'm looking forward to going to Thailand."