“The chatter that we had last year, including here in Jerez, has all but gone, so that's a big step forward. We could have done with more time on the bike just to build more confidence, but these things happen in racing and we just have to deal with it.”
#12 Thomas Luthi – Switzerland – Interwetten Paddock Suter
Along with Pol Espargaro, Thomas Luthi stood to be the greatest benefactor from Marc Marquez and Andrea Iannone's graduation to Moto GP in 2013. The Swiss however will miss the first two races after an unlucky collision with Ratthapark Wilairot at Valencia in February. He suffered multiple fractures to his right arm, elbow and shoulder and it took doctors five hours to successfully fit corrective plates and screws in the operation that followed. Sergio Gadea is set to deputise in Qatar and Texas. Only time will tell but it may take Luthi some races to get back up to speed.
Official pre-season Test Results:
Valencia – 5th
Jerez I – Absent
Jerez II – Absent
Gap from 1st place at above tests:
Last years championship placing: 4th
“This accident was very, very unlucky. But the initial report of the doctors after surgery took a big weight off our shoulders since Tom will, in all likelihood, recover completely from his injuries. At the moment, this is all that counts!" - Daniel Epp, Interwetten Team Owner
Also watch out for:
#11 Sandro Cortese
– The reigning Moto 3 champion has found the initial step up quite difficult and claims he has had to learn how to ride from scratch, such is the difference in machinery. His testing performances have been a little quiet, but he hopes to finish in the points at Qatar.
#5 Johann Zarco
– The 2012 Moto Rookie of the Year will be looking to build on his solid debut year in the class. He hasn't felt comfortable aboard the Suter chassis Ioda machine but found a breakthrough on the final day at Jerez, finishing 4th overall. He could be a podium finisher this year.
#15 Alex de Angelis
– De Angelis won a hotly contested Malaysian Grand Prix last year but his cause was aided by the weather. It's always difficult to know what rider you will get with the Sammarinese, but he is definitely still a potential podium finisher.
#52 Danny Kent
– The 2 time Moto 3 race winner steps up aboard Tech 3's Mistral 600. He has taken some time to adapt to the bigger, heavier machine and has been experimenting with set-up throughout the preseason. He is hoping to be inside the points at Qatar.