M2: Catalunyan GP: Interwetten Moriwaki Friday report

Luthi despite operated shoulder in best form Different than expected Tom Luthi rode to a fourth place today at the first free practice of the Gran Premi de Catalunya under the burning Catalan sun and it is not even a week ago that he had an ...

Luthi despite operated shoulder in best form

Different than expected Tom Luthi rode to a fourth place today at the first free practice of the Gran Premi de Catalunya under the burning Catalan sun and it is not even a week ago that he had an operation on a broken collarbone. The young Swiss was flown home last Saturday straight after the end of the TT Assen race to get surgery on his broken collarbone. Back in the paddock Luthi wanted to try if he is ready to ride his Moriwaki MD600 again so shortly after the operation and he surprised everyone with his strong performance. Once again the 23 years old proved that he is a real racer and he earns a lot of respect for his performance.

Tom Luthi, 4 -- 1'48.630:
"The practice was good. I was strong and had the power. Only when I stand up in my leathers it hurts a bit, as the leathers are tight and I feel pressure on my shoulder. I was taking care during the practice and did not ride 100%, I took longer breaks as well. The heat was not easy to handle neither, but if I can do the same tomorrow I should be fine."

Terrell Thien, Team Manager:
"The practice went very well. We all are happy that Tom's shoulder is okay and he feels fine. We found a good set up right away, we only have to make small changes to support Tom a little bit. If we can go on like this we are definitely competitive on Saturday and Sunday."

Daniel M. Epp, Rider Management:
"It was worth it for Tom to do the operation on Saturday evening. Tom showed that he is fully operating and that we can all count on him this weekend."

-source: interwetten

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