Thomas Luthi acknowledges that he needs to claw back some ground in the Moto2 World Championship after the Interwetten rider qualified on pole for the Dutch TT at Assen.
Luthi, fifth in the championship, is 13 points behind Alex Rins and although the Swiss rider isn't pressing the panic button just yet, he is eager to win some races to stake his claim for the title.
“We need to beat them and I think it will be important soon but the season is still long and I think we need to be consistent and up around the podium and try to win some races,” he said. “This is important for the championship and that's what I want to try tomorrow.”
Luthi judged the conditions to perfection at Assen to set a fast lap before the rain came, lapping in 1m 37.954s to take pole by four tenths from Johann Zarco.
“We were quite lucky to get a dry line and I went out with wet tyres to see what was happening out there and it was quite clear already from the first lap that it was going to be faster with slicks,” he said.
“I kind of risked a little bit in the first laps but it was drying up so quickly, as we know at Assen. Then I could push quite well and found a good rhythm and then I saw some drops [of rain] again so I knew it was important to set the time as early as possible, because the rain could come back and it was like this.
“The rain stayed but in the end it was not wet enough to do some laps to prepare for a wet race tomorrow so we don't have real experience in the wet this year, but I think we are set quite well and the third free practice this morning was important for me and we had good pace,” Luthi added.
“This is important for the race tomorrow if it's going to be dry and I think we are really prepared well to have a good race.”
Luthi, meanwhile, provided more insight into his test on the KTM RC16 at Mugello as the manufacturer continues preparations ahead of the 2017 MotoGP season.
“For me it was great to have the chance, to have the opportunity and Mugello is the perfect race track,” said Luthi, who joined Mika Kallio at the two-day test.
“It was impressive to be a MotoGP rookie first time at Mugello and it was nice. The power is lots of fun and we had perfect weather and I could try also some things with the bike, which was also different for me with the Michelin tyres.
“It's quite a big difference to the Dunlops that I'm used to in Moto2 but we tried also some things there and it was very interesting for me.”