M2: Japanese GP: Interwetten Moriwaki race report

Luthi finishes Motegi Race in Top 8 Tom Luthi, who had a difficult qualifying yesterday, finished the Grand Prix of Japan at the Twin Ring Motegi with a strong performance on eighth place. Yesterday's qualifying result of a 16th starting...

Luthi finishes Motegi Race in Top 8

Tom Luthi, who had a difficult qualifying yesterday, finished the Grand Prix of Japan at the Twin Ring Motegi with a strong performance on eighth place. Yesterday's qualifying result of a 16th starting position didn't really help the young Swiss and he had to fight hard to in the second half of the race to catch up so many positions. The start of the race was not his best, but after that he attacked the group in front of him and overtook one after another, until he reached eighth position on which he crossed the finish line.

Tom Luthi, 8 -- 44'08.214:
"This was a difficult race for me. From 16th position on the grid I could not improve during the first couple of laps, it was chaos on the track and very aggressive. Then I closed the gap to the group in front and was able to catch up positions. For the next time I will try to have a better starting position, then I hop I will be okay for the race."

Terrell Thien, Team Manager:
"Tom did a good job in the second half of the race. He could have been much better with a better position on the grid, but he rode a good race and had to fight hard for this result. In Malaysia I am expecting more to come again."

Daniel M. Epp, Rider Management:
"After a difficult start Tom showed a great performance in the second half of the race. He has a big problem with the qualifying and if he can solve that problem I am sure we can be at the top again."

-source: interwetten

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