After a forced break of two weeks in which the world was putting its eyes on the Eyjafjallajokull volcano of Iceland, the motorcycle world championship starts into its second round now. After the cancellation of the Japanese Grand Prix the next...
After a forced break of two weeks in which the world was putting its eyes on the Eyjafjallajokull volcano of Iceland, the motorcycle world championship starts into its second round now. After the cancellation of the Japanese Grand Prix the next and therefore second race of the season 2010 will be the Grand Prix of Jerez de la Frontera on the andalusian track in Spain.
Jerez is no new ground for Tom Luthi, who already tested his new Moriwaki Moto2 machine two times during the pre season on this track. The results at the tests weren't bad and this gives the Interwetten Moriwaki Moto2 Team hope for the first European Grand Prix 2010.
Last year the Swiss man achieved the fifth place on this track and also this year a fifth place should be possible. Despite the difficulties at the last round in Qatar, Luthi rode from sixteenth spot on the grid to the seventh place in the race. If everything goes well from the beginning in Jerez the target of a Top five result could be easily achieved.
Tom Luthi: For the first time we are back on a track which we tested on in the pre season in Jerez. The race itself will be interesting, because many teams already have experience on this track. I hope we can continue were we finished on Sunday in Qatar and I hope we will be "spot on" from the first practice. I am curious if the riders with 4-stroke experience will be on top in Jerez as in Qatar it wasn't the case. I don't have a certain target for Jerez, just that I want to fight in the top group from the beginning.
Terrell Thien, Teammanager: Tom knows the track; he knows that you have to ride with the knife between your teeth here. At the tests he was always very fast and with a better start position as in Qatar a Top 5 result is possible. I would be disappointed if it wouldn't be like that with all the experience he already has here on Moto2. It wasn't all perfect in Qatar and it didn't work out as we hoped it would, but the team showed how good they work together and we get closer each time. With this condition we can achieve a Top result.
Daniel M. Epp, rider management: In the first race of the season Tom rode the best lap time and set a new record and that gives me hope. Tom and his whole team did a fantastic job in Qatar. Despite all the difficulties they had in on the training days the end result was good. I am looking forward to Jerez.
The Andalusian Grand Prix in Jerez de la Frontera in Spain will start with the first free practice of the 125cc class on 30th of April and ends with the MotoGP race on 2nd of May.