ArgentinaGP: Strong weekend ends up with a crash
Tom Lüthi once again proved his promising pace with a second position after the warm up session. But the excellent work of the Moto2 rider and his team did not pay off in the 23 laps long race.
A contact with Brad Binder was vital for the crash of Tom Lüthi. Because of difficulties with stopping his Kalex he slightly hit the Southafrican from behind inside a corner while being in eighth position and crashed. It was an ungrateful end to the weekend for the Swiss, after he was fastest on Friday and had clinched a position in the second row on the grid in qualifying. But the 32-years-old, who is now in fifth championship position and the whole Intact GP-team is already looking towards America with confidence.
Tom Lüthi (NC)
In the race I touched Binder and also and Lecuona. I had big problems with the bike. I was not able to stop the bike on the brakes. I really had big difficulties. I had to start to brake earlier und take care where the others are and that was not easy. They passed me inside. That also was my problem at the crash. I could not slow the bike down and ran into Binder. Unfortunately it was not working in the group. Riding alone was okay though. We really need to develop in this area. Of course zero points are bad for the championship and that hurts, but nothing is lost yet. We were able to learn a lot and take some experience with us. The main target is to be able to attack again at the front.
Jürgen Lingg (Team Manager)
Unfortunately we did not put it straight when it mattered. But life goes on. Important is that we are there, we have the speed, the rhythm and now we have to try to do it better in Austin. It was a pity that Tom crashed, but those things happen. You can’t change that. We continue in two weeks and we will give it all again there. But we are not far off.
1. Lorenzo BALDASSARRI / ITA / KALEX
2. Remy GARDNER / AUS / KALEX
3. Alex MARQUEZ / SPA / KALEX
5. Marcel SCHROTTER / GER / KALEX
nc Tom LUTHI / SWI / KALEX
See full result on motogp.com
World Championship Standings:
1 BALDASSARRI Lorenzo / ITA 50
2 GARDNER Remy AUS 33
3 SCHROTTER Marcel GER 27
4 MARQUEZ Alex SPA 25
5 LUTHI Thomas SWI 20