Swiss rider Lüthi will start the 25-lap race from 20th on the grid having made an impressive gain of two seconds over his best time in the wet FP4 session. The conditions in qualifying were a difficult challenge for the MotoGP rookie, with a damp but drying track still requiring wet weather tyres despite the absence of rain. Grip was at a premium on the narrow racing line on the 4.8km Termas de Rio Hondo Circuit and both riders suffered with a lack of traction in slippery conditions.
Tom Lüthi: : 20th - 1’50.833
"The conditions today were a new experience for me so it was not easy to find a comfortable feeling, it was neither a full wet nor a full dry track but I found a good rhythm by the end of qualifying. The race will be interesting especially if it is dry because we don’t have a lot of dry track time here. I’m ready for anything and looking to improve my position in the race."
Michael Bartholemy: Team Principal
"Qualifying in these conditions was never going to be easy especially for two riders new to MotoGP. Both struggled with rear grip on a slippery track so we need to analyse all the data overnight to find a better set-up for the race."