M2: Italian GP: Interwetten Honda preview

The next Grand Prix on the calendar of the MotoGP world championship is the Gran Premio d'Italia at the Mugello International Circuit next weekend. This racetrack is something special for riders and spectators. Technical it is a quite difficult ...

The next Grand Prix on the calendar of the MotoGP world championship is the Gran Premio d'Italia at the Mugello International Circuit next weekend. This racetrack is something special for riders and spectators. Technical it is a quite difficult track for the riders and their teams, but the atmosphere is unbelievable and Sunday straight after the race the whole circuit turns into a madhouse. The spectators will pelt the pit lane and will acclaim and celebrate the gladiators of the 21st century.

Two years ago Tom Luthi was on the podium in Mugello and he was able to enjoy this special atmosphere from a special point of view. Of course the 24 years old Swiss and his team would like to have the same experience again also this time in Mugello, but first priority is to get rid of the problems they had in Le Mans, especially of the Chattering problem. If they can solve this problem on the practice days Luthi can hopefully be back in the leading group during the race and fight with the top riders. And maybe this fight will be rewarded with a podium again.

Tom Luthi:
"I quite like Mugello, but the track is so totally different to Le Mans. This track is technical difficult and very demanding. Our priority for Mugello is the work on the bike. We have to solve the problems we suffered in Le Mans, especially the Chattering we need to get rid of. Then I may be able to think about something else. I will defiantly try to get the best possible starting position for the race, as this is very important in the new Moto2 class. And of course I would like to be in the leading group again in the race, the rest will imply."

Terrell Thien, Teammanager:
"Tom likes the track and he was here in Mugello on the podium two years ago. But Moto2 is a new class and he never has been in Mugello with the Moriwaki MD600 before. Our main target is to qualify as best as possible. Tom had bad luck in Le Mans and I hope we can leave that behind."

Daniel Epp, Rider Management:
"After a great weekend in Jerez de la Frontera Tom had many problems in Le Mans. First he had the chattering problem, which followed him the whole weekend and then he crashed during the race. That is a pity. Tom and his team will now try their best to tie up with where they finished in Jerez."

The race weekend in Mugello/Italy starts on 4th of June with the first free practice of the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup and ends with the MotoGP race on 6th of June.

-source: interwetten

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