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ThaiGP: Lüthi starts from row three into his 150th Moto2 race

A heavy rain-pour-down in the early hours of this morning in Buriram delayed the start of the last free practice sessions by one hour. In a hot qualifying at the Chang International Circuit in the afternoon, Tom Lüthi secured the eighths starting position on the third row of the grid.

After the sun had already blown away any damp spot on the 4.6-kilometre long Thai course, Tom Lüthi took another step forward in the FP3. Just 0.151 seconds disadvantage meant the eleventh position for the Swiss and secured him the participation in the Q2-qualifying. He improved further more during the afternoon, but lost important time inside the fourth section of the track. At the end the experienced racer made it onto the eighth starting position with a time of 1’35.617 and a gap of only three tenths of a second towards the leader. From third row on the grid, which he shares with Xavi Vierge and Nicola Bulega, he will start into his 150th Moto2-race on Sunday.

Tom Lüthi P8 - 1'35.617 (+0.320)
«Sure I made some steps forward and moved some positions to the front, but we still are disappointed. Our biggest issue is the section four and we only made it into third row because of that. It is not a new problem and we already had that yesterday. Unfortunately I have no idea yet what the problem really is. But apart from that we already made steps forward. My guys did a good job, but it is not enough yet. I really have to fight hard here and sometimes I even crossed the limit and that cannot happen during the race. We will continue the hard work and will see if we can find something to make me more constant. That’s the most important now.»

Michael Thier Crew Chief #12
«The qualifying was not easy. We looked into the turning of the bike the whole day today. We went into the right direction with it, but Tom is still losing too much time in the fourth section. We have different attempts where the problem can be, but we will have to look into it a bit closer tomorrow again. He can ride fast. Yes there are three tenths of a second missing towards the pole position, but basically he can ride very fast. But at the moment the bike does not really suit him too well. We will use the Warm-up tomorrow to make another step forward, presupposed it stays dry.»

1. Alex MARQUEZ / SPA / KALEX - 1'35.297
2. Tetsuta NAGASHIMA / JPN / KALEX - 1'35.392 (+0.095)
3. Jorge MARTIN / SPA / KTM - 1'35.448 (+0.151)
8. Thomas LUTHI / SWI / KALEX - 1'35.617 (+0.320)
14. Marcel SCHROTTER / GER / KALEX - 1'35.969 (+0.672)

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