Saturday at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli was an eventful day for Tom Lüthi the Dynavolt Intact GP team. With hot temperatures the battles on track heated up as well.
Just like his teammate, also Tom Lüthi had a crash in the morning. But the Swiss was lucky and remained unharmed. He finished the practice on the twelfth place and was a safe candidate of the Q2-Qualifying. In the short session in the afternoon he then took seventh place in row three and caught up with World Championship leader Alex Marquez up to 0.178 seconds, who in turn grabbed second place on the grid. Most important was that he felt comfortable again and could be constantly fast. Also the gap to pole-setter Fabio Di Giannantonio, who presented an incredible time, was not huge with three tenths. This raised expectations for tomorrow's 25 lap race.
Tom Lüthi 1'37.796 (+0.315)
«It was not bad today. We are constantly fast. Three tenths of a second is not much. It is very good for us and we could improve a lot today. We went into the right direction with the bike. Tomorrow we will try to make another step, but I think we are closer to the top than last time. We could go forward during the qualifying today. Unfortunately it was only the third row on the grid at the end, but my feeling with the bike is so much better now and I am happy about that. I have to try to get a decent start and to attack during the first laps. It will be a bit of a surprise with the combination of the tyres and the new asphalt here. I am very sorry for Marcel and that he had this heavy crash today. It is never nice and I wish him a speedy recovery and that he will be back very soon.»
Jürgen Lingg Teammanager
«Marcel tried everything again during the last run in FP3 as he wanted to get into Q2 no matter what. He did risk a bit too much and crashed. Unfortunately he broke his collarbone, but the good thing is that the fracture is very clean and it can be fixed easily. Then we will have to go from there and see what happens. Tom started into his weekend moderately again and the guys have worked very hard and did a lot of analysing to try everything they can. The reward was a good qualifying and Tom felt good on the bike, which is maybe even more important for tomorrow. He was a one and a half tenth slower than his hardest competitor and that is an area where I would say he is back in the game.»
1. Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO / ITA / SPEED UP - 1'37.481
2. Alex MARQUEZ / SPA / KALEX - 1'37.618 (+0.137)
3. Augusto FERNANDEZ / SPA / KALEX - 1'37.645 (+0.164)
7. Thomas LUTHI / SWI / KALEX - 1'37.796 (+0.315)
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