Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS Racing Team #12 Swiss
Thomas Lüthi born 6 September 1986 in Oberdiessbach, Kanton Bern, Switzerland. He is a professional motorcycle road racer and will compete in MotoGP for the first time in 2018.
Lüthi’s first World Championship came in 2005, winning four races and taking eight podiums to secure the 125cc title. Lüthi made his first 125cc World Championship appearance at the 2002 German Grand Prix, which he finished in 26th place.
Lüthi scored his first 125cc class Grand Prix win in 2005 at Le Mans, followed by three more victories that season, including at Brno, Czech Republic. In 2005 Lüthi secured his first world championship in the 125cc class, at Valencia. While riding a Honda RS125R kit. Lüthi was voted Swiss sportsman of the year in 2005 and also won the annual "Swiss Award" of sport.
From 2002 to 2006 he raced a Honda RS125R for the Elit Grand Prix Team.
In 2002 he scored 7 points and was 27th in the Championship.
2003 season, he scored 68 points and was 15th in the Championship.
In 2004 he scored 14 points and was 25th in the Championship.
His first title came in 2005 when he took four wins and 8 podiums he scored 242 points and won the Championship.
He scored his only win a podium of the season at the 2006 French Grand Prix.
In 2006 he scored 113 points and was 8th in the Championship only taking one win. In 2007 Lüthi moved up to 250cc racing an Aprilia RSA 250. Lüthi scored 133 points and was 8th in the Championship.
For 2008, Lüthi continued with the Aprilia RSA 250. Lüthi got his first podiums at the Italian GP, where he finished in third place. At Assen he finished in second place.
Lüthi didn’t do as well, taking only 108 points finishing 11th in the Championship.
In 2009, he finished seventh overall in 250cc, although without a podium. He scored 120 points and was 7th in the Championship.
In the 2010 Season he competed in the Moto2 riding a Moriwaki for the Interwetten Team. At Silverstone, Lüthi finished in second place and he finished in third place at Assen. Scoring 156 point finishing fourth in the Championship.
In 2011 change of chassis to the Suter he got his first Moto2 win. With four podiums, 151 points to finish fifth in the Championship.
The 2013 Season he managed six podiums scoring 155 points and was sixth in the Championship.
2014 saw an improvement, he got two wins, with four podiums scoring 194 points finishing fourth in the Championship.
In 2015 the team changed to the Kalex chassis, which suited him better. Lüthi got one win, four podiums, scoring 179 points coming fifth in the Championship.
Lüthi's 2016 season was his best in Moto2, taking four wins, six podiums and three poles. Scoring 234 points and getting second in the Championship and aimed to go one better in 2017, looking to take the title.
Lüthi was determined that the 2017 season was going to be his Championship with the Interwetten Team. However, he only managed two wins, with ten podiums scoring 243 points to take second again to the unstoppable Franco Morbidelli in the Championship. Lüthi was on target until near the end of the season when he crashed heavily in the Malaysian GP which saw him unable to compete in the remainder of the season. He finished in second in the Moto2 Championship.
For 2018 Tom Lüthi has stepped up to MotoGP with the Marc VDS team racing a Honda RC213V alongside another rookie, Franco Morbidelli who also makes the move to MotoGP after easily winning the Moto2 Championship. The Marc VDS team will have the top two from Moto2!
- Roland Potter