After winning the 125cc World Championship in 2005, Thomas Luthi took only one race victory on his way to eighth the following season, while a step-up to the 250cc class for 2007 has so far yielded just two podiums.
Those rostrums both came in 2008 and the Swiss rider currently sits eleventh in the 2009 standings with four rounds to go.
But this season started much more strongly, with four top-six finishes from the first six rounds, placing the 23-year-old sixth in the championship.
Those consistent results, combined with a healthy amount of Caffe-Latte backing, were tipped to result in Luthi and his team graduating to MotoGP with satellite Honda machinery for 2010.
That has gone out of the window with Luthi's deteriorating results, and the #12 has had to refocus his attentions on remaining in the support class next season, when it will change to Moto2.
“I am looking forward to Moto2 next year but there are still not really clear plans,” Luthi told the official MotoGP website. “I hope to continue with the same team but it is too early to say anything about that.”
Luthi didn't completely rule out a switch back to 125cc, a change that has been spectacularly successful for Julian Simon this year, but reiterated that his main target is a ride in the new 600cc four-stroke class.
“I would say [going back to 125] is not for me, but you never know. I mean Simón has done a really good job and it looks like he could get the world championship,” said Luthi. “But I would like to stay on the same level and, as the 250cc class will move away, I hope to be in Moto2.”