M2: Portuguese GP: Interwetten Moriwaki race report

Luthi -- no Grip The Portuguese Grand Prix finished with a surprising result for the Interwetten Moriwaki Moto2 Team and Tom Luthi. After the 24 year old Swiss was, apart from the second free practice always in the Top 10, the qualifying was ...

Luthi -- no Grip

The Portuguese Grand Prix finished with a surprising result for the Interwetten Moriwaki Moto2 Team and Tom Luthi. After the 24 year old Swiss was, apart from the second free practice always in the Top 10, the qualifying was cancelled, because of the bad weather and dangerous conditions on the track and he had to start the race regarding to the combined practice times from 12th position on the grid. The whole race Luthi suffered of the lack of grip and could not gain confidence with his bike. Luthi was the first Moriwaki with 16th place. Also the Moto2 world champion Toni Elias, who also rides with Moriwaki, had the same problems with the grip and crashed out of the race. If the reason for the problems is the bike or the tyres, the team has to check with either supplier later on today.

Tom Luthi, 16 - 47'28.034:
"The whole race was a big disaster. I did not have any grip and could not find the confidence with my bike as usual. I still don't have any idea what was going on today out there and we have to analyze and see what was happening."

Terrell Thien, Team Manager:
"The Moriwaki today just wasn't competitive with the grip problem. Elias crashed and had the same problem like Tom. Tom was the first Moriwaki with 16th position. We are not happy with the result, but I am glad Tom was able to keep the 4th place in the championship."

Daniel M. Epp, Rider Management:
"Today, when it was not going well we fixed a new deal for Tom for the coming year and he will ride with Suter and I am happy that he will be able to test it already at the test after the Valencia race next week."

-source: interwetten

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Toni Elias