Tough day for Tom Lüthi in Austin
Tom Lüthi endured a difficult day in Austin at the Grand Prix of The Americas.
Lüthi finished 18th in the 20-lap race after a determined and patient ride making up time after being pushed back to 23rd on the opening lap in heavy traffic. Lüthi’s bid to finish in the points was slowed in the second half of the race with front turning issues. The third consecutive overseas race to open the championship on the demanding 5.5km COTA layout provided valuable experience for MotoGP rookies Lüthi and Morbidelli.
The MotoGP World Championship resumes in two weeks with the opening European race, the Spanish GP at Jerez.
Tom Lüthi (18th):
It is so difficult at this track in turn one when you start back on the grid, it was a big mess there. I lost some positions and was stuck back there for many laps. By mid-race I had problems with the front and it was difficult to turn the bike. At this track we never found a really comfortable set-up although the work from the team is brilliant in helping me to learn as a rookie. We are motivated to improve.