Luthi admits Moto2 style taking longer to shake off

Tom Luthi admits that it is taking longer to change his riding style for MotoGP than his other fellow rookies due to his lengthy Moto2 career.

Luthi admits Moto2 style taking longer to shake off
Thomas Luthi, Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS
Thomas Luthi, Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS
Thomas Luthi, Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS
Thomas Luthi, Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS
Thomas Luthi, Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS
Thomas Luthi, Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS

Luthi was a regular in the Moto2 class since its inception in 2010, and he also spent further three years in its predecessor 250cc category between 2007 and 2009.

The 31-year-old had his first three days on the Marc VDS Honda he will race this year in the opening test of the year at Sepang, having sat out the 2017 post-season due to a fractured ankle he sustained at the very same circuit in October.

While Luthi's recovery is still not complete, he said his injury did not affect his performance on the bike during the test, which he ended 25th overall.

The Swiss rider admitted that he still has a "Moto2 style inside of me", and that it takes "longer for me to adapt to MotoGP".

"It is a different world, the Moto2 is a brilliant school but I was many years in the Moto2 and for sure I have this Moto2 style inside of me," said Luthi.

"I need to change it and maybe it takes a little bit longer for me to change that style, to adapt to the MotoGP, but I really work a lot.

"I really work on lap by lap or even corner by corner to change this style into the MotoGP bike which is very important."

Luthi pointed out the Michelin front tyre as a tough part of his acclimatisation to MotoGP after many years on Dunlop rubber.

He added: "It is difficult to get the feeling especially with the front, very difficult because it is so different to the Moto2 front tyres.

"Step by step I am coming closer that is where I was working on nearly all day [Monday] today to get really a feeling from the front but I still need more laps.

"I think I need to push even more on the entry, more late-braking because if I would brake like this in Moto2, it is a completely different story."

Additional reporting by Scherazade Mulia Saraswati

Got a MotoGP question you want answering? Tweet using the hashtag #MotoGPMailbag or email us at motogpmailbag@motorsport.com and our expert journalists will give you a response!

shares
comments
Syahrin replaced in Moto2 as Tech 3 MotoGP move looms

Previous article

Syahrin replaced in Moto2 as Tech 3 MotoGP move looms

Next article

Tech 3 announces Syahrin for Buriram MotoGP test

Tech 3 announces Syahrin for Buriram MotoGP test
Load comments
Why Quartararo’s suit penalty highlights a wider issue in MotoGP Prime

Why Quartararo’s suit penalty highlights a wider issue in MotoGP

OPINION: Fabio Quartararo racing with his leather suit open and subsequent penalty has been the main talking point of the Catalunya MotoGP weekend, which has highlighted a wider issue with MotoGP’s stewarding that risks a negative precedent going forward.

MotoGP
Jun 8, 2021
How MotoGP’s “beast” tamers bounced back at Catalunya Prime

How MotoGP’s “beast” tamers bounced back at Catalunya

The expectation on KTM to replicate its winning form from 2020 this season made its difficult start to the new MotoGP campaign even more disappointing. But a key update has seen KTM's fortunes reversed over the last week and returned it to the top step of the podium in Barcelona

MotoGP
Jun 7, 2021
The signs that point to Rossi's MotoGP retirement Prime

The signs that point to Rossi's MotoGP retirement

It's not been a happy start to 2021 for Valentino Rossi at the Petronas SRT satellite squad, with performances that are a shadow of the rider that utterly dominated MotoGP at the start of the new millennium. At the age of 42, how much longer can he go on?

MotoGP
May 19, 2021
Why the most significant Le Mans MotoGP performance wasn't Miller's Prime

Why the most significant Le Mans MotoGP performance wasn't Miller's

Hot on the heels of his first MotoGP win in five years, Jack Miller made it two from two with a commanding French Grand Prix victory at Le Mans despite two long-lap penalties. Impressive though it was, it was an expectation-defying performance from an anticipated title rival that was the real standout.

MotoGP
May 17, 2021
The impossible problem Honda faces with its 2021 MotoGP bike Prime

The impossible problem Honda faces with its 2021 MotoGP bike

Honda hasn’t enjoyed an easy start to the 2021 MotoGP campaign, despite gains last season which looked to have carried over into the pre-season. Now admitting it does have issues in serious need of resolving, it faces an almost impossible task in doing so.

MotoGP
May 11, 2021
How Jerez underlined MotoGP's speed problem Prime

How Jerez underlined MotoGP's speed problem

The brutal nature of a series of crashes at Jerez has reopened the debate about whether current MotoGP speeds are beyond the safety limits of the tracks. But even if riders are supportive of the move, getting the manufacturers to find a consensus on how speed reductions should be achieved may be altogether harder

MotoGP
May 4, 2021
How a Crutchlow helped Miller to Jerez MotoGP redemption Prime

How a Crutchlow helped Miller to Jerez MotoGP redemption

Jack Miller’s tough start to life as a factory Ducati MotoGP rider left him mentally battered and bruised, but a pep talk and positive reinforcement from a surprising source aided the Australian to show his full potential with victory at the Spanish Grand Prix

MotoGP
May 3, 2021
What does Marc Marquez have to do to get back to his best? Prime

What does Marc Marquez have to do to get back to his best?

Following his resounding MotoGP return with a seventh place finish in Portugal, Marc Marquez now must work to rediscover his best form before turning his attention towards results-based targets

MotoGP
Apr 20, 2021