Luthi Wins Six Lap Sprint to Revive Title Bid


Thomas Luthi - Photo Credit: MotoGP.com

Thomas Luthi launched himself right back into championship contention with an unlikely victory at a rain-hit Brno. The Swiss rider, who has struggled for competitiveness in the dry all weekend, took full advantage of a red flag and subsequent six lap sprint in wet conditions to take his first win of 2017, cutting Franco Morbidelli’s championship lead to seventeen points.

Race direction declared the Grand Prix ‘dry’ prior to the start despite damp patches lingering from the earlier Moto3 race. As a result, when rain began to fall around half-distance, there was no alternative but to throw a red flag, news which didn’t favour polesitter Mattia Pasini who was leading from Morbidelli and Miguel Oliveira.

Luthi was detached from the leading group in seventh prior to the stoppage but the Interwetten rider was inspired in the wet conditions once the six lap dash began. Thomas powered around the outside of Pasini at turn one to take an immediate lead and once the Italtrans rider had crashed out at turn eleven, he was clear to take an unchallenged victory in incredible circumstances.

Alex Marquez was the only Marc VDS rider to enjoy the wet conditions, coming home second with Oliveira claiming a second consecutive podium for KTM. Luca Marini and Xavi Vierge finished a career-best fourth and fifth respectively while Simone Corsi overcame a three-place grid penalty to pip Francesco Bagnaia to sixth. Morbidelli’s cautious approach saw him slip to eighth with the Italian narrowly holding off Remy Gardner and the impressive debutant Joe Roberts.

 

Moto2 Monster Energy Grand Prix Ceske Republiky: Result

PosRiderConstructorTeamTime/GapPts
112. Thomas LuthiKalexCarXpert Interwetten13:39.03625
273. Alex MarquezKalexEG 0,0 Marc VDS+4.99120
344. Miguel OliveiraKTMRed Bull KTM Ajo+6.98316
410. Luca MariniKalexForward Team+9.19013
597. Xavi ViergeTech 3Tech 3 Racing+11.06411
624. Simone CorsiSpeed UpSpeed Up Racing+15.77910
742. Francesco BagnaiaKalexSky Racing Team VR46+18.4319
821. Franco MorbidelliKalexEG 0,0 Marc VDS+19.7438
987. Remy GardnerTech 3Tech 3 Racing+19.8437
1020. Joe RobertsKalexAGR Team+20.1686
119. Jorge NavarroKalexFederal Oil Gresini Moto2+20.3725
1241. Brad BinderKTMRed Bull KTM Ajo+20.5474
135. Andrea LocatelliKalexItaltrans Racing Team+21.6573
1489. Khairul Idham PawiKalexIdemitsu Honda Team Asia+22.9402
1555. Hafizh SyahrinKalexPetronas Raceline Malaysia+24.0561
1649. Axel PonsKalexRW Racing GP+24.192
1745. Tetsuta NagashimaKalexTeluru SAG Team+24.441
187. Lorenzo BaldassarriKalexForward Team+25.607
1927. Iker LecuonaKalexGarage Plus Interwetten+26.483
2040. Fabio QuartararoKalexPons HP 40+26.769
2162. Stefano ManziKalexSky Racing Team VR46+28.069
2298. Karel HanikaKalexWillirace Team+28.167
2319. Xavier SimeonKalexTasca Racing Scuderia Moto2+28.304
2430. Takaaki NakagamiKalexIdemitsu Honda Team Asia+29.463
2532. Isaac VinalesKalexBE-A-VIP SAG Team+29.795
266. Tarran MackenzieSuterKiefer Racing+30.353
2737. Augusto FernandezSpeed UpSpeed Up Racing+30.555
2857. Edgar PonsKalexPons HP 40+30.815
292. Jesko RaffinKalexCarXpert Interwetten+38.907
NC54. Mattia PasiniKalexItaltrans Racing Team+6 Laps
NS11. Sandro CorteseSuterDynavolt Intact GP
NS77. Dominique AegerterSuterKiefer Racing
NQ23. Marcel SchrotterSuterDynavolt Intact GPWithdrawn