Luthi Wins in Australia to Boost Title Hopes


Thomas Luthi launched himself into championship contention after winning a photo finish with Franco Morbidelli for victory in Australia. The Swiss rider secured back-to-back wins by one hundredth of a second and with Johann Zarco a disappointing twelfth and Alex Rins crashing out, Luthi is now just 22 points off the championship lead.

Having qualified on pole position, Luthi began the race as favourite and despite intense pressure throughout the race from Morbidelli and Mattia Pasini, the Interwetten rider showed supreme composure to lead the way. The front trio were chased down by a fast-finishing Sandro Cortese though and when the German deprived Pasini of third with four laps to go, the experienced Italian crashed at Honda hairpin in response.

Cortese ultimately ran out of laps in his pursuit of victory but Morbidelli looked to have timed his challenge to perfection, diving past Luthi at the Southern Loop on the penultimate lap, but the long-time leader would have one final trick up his sleeve, shadowing the Marc VDS Kalex through the final bend before slipstreaming his way to victory by 0.010s.

Cortese took a rare podium in third ahead of Lorenzo Baldassarri and Takaaki Nakagami while Jonas Folger finished sixth on the second Dynavolt Kalex. Simone Corsi was seventh with the AGR team-mates Axel Pons and Marcel Schrotter next up while Xavi Vierge rounded out the top ten.

For Rins, the afternoon ended on lap seven after skating wide at the Southern Loop and with his main rival out of contention, Zarco appeared to take a cautious approach which only yielded twelfth.

 

Moto2 Michelin Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix (Race Result)

PosRiderConstructorTeamTime/GapPts
112. Thomas LuthiKalexGarage Plus Interwetten39:15.89125
221. Franco MorbidelliKalexEG 0,0 Marc VDS+0.01020
311. Sandro CorteseKalexDynavolt Intact GP+0.53016
47. Lorenzo BaldassarriKalexForward Team+3.08113
530. Takaaki NakagamiKalexIdemitsu Honda Team Asia+3.81511
694. Jonas FolgerKalexDynavolt Intact GP+11.08710
724. Simone CorsiSpeed UpSpeed Up+13.2919
849. Axel PonsKalexAGR Team+16.4118
923. Marcel SchrotterKalexAGR Team+17.6507
1097. Xavi ViergeTech 3Tech 3 Racing+17.6656
1119. Xavier SimeonSpeed UpQMMF Racing Team+17.7625
125. Johann ZarcoKalexAjo Motorsport+17.7964
132. Jesko RaffinKalexsports-millions-EMWE-SAG+31.5753
1457. Edgar PonsKalexPaginas Amarillas HP 40+34.6702
1514. Ratthapark WilairotKalexIdemitsu Honda Team Asia+40.4541
1610. Luca MariniKalexForward Team+47.707
1770. Robin MulhauserKalexCarXpert Interwetten+1:34.470
1893. Ramdan RosliKalexPetronas AHM Malaysia+1 Lap
NC20. Alessandro NoccoKalexLeopard Racing+2 Laps
NC54. Mattia PasiniKalexItaltrans Racing Team+3 Laps
NC52. Danny KentKalexLeopard Racing+3 Laps
NC87. Remy GardnerKalexTasca Racing Scuderia Moto2+3 Laps
NC60. Julian SimonSpeed UpQMMF Racing Team+12 Laps
NC27. Iker LecuonaKalexCarXpert Interwetten+16 Laps
NC40. Alex RinsKalexPaginas Amarillas HP 40+16 Laps
NC22. Sam LowesKalexFederal Oil Gresini Moto2+19 Laps
NC55. Hafizh SyahrinKalexPetronas Raceline Malaysia+23 Laps
NC73. Alex MarquezKalexEG 0,0 Marc VDS+25 Laps
NC32. Isaac VinalesTech 3Tech 3 Racing+25 Laps