As rumoured, Marc VDS has officially confirmed that Thomas Luthi will step up to MotoGP alongside Franco Morbidelli in 2018.

The pair are currently battling for the Moto2 title, with VDS rider Morbidelli holding a 26 point advantage heading into this weekend's British Grand Prix.

Luthi, 30, has seen off competition from the likes of Sam Lowes and Stefan Bradl to finally get his chance in the premier-class.

"There were a number of options open to us when we were looking for a MotoGP rider for the 2018 season, but Thomas Lüthi was the unanimous choice, despite him being a MotoGP rookie," said team president Marc van der Straten.

"A former 125cc World Champion, his consistency over seven seasons in Moto2 has been incredible, with a sixth place in 2013 the only time he's finished outside the top five in the championship.

"He's been a constant thorn in our side in the intermediate class and this year is no different, with his consistency again making him a serious threat to our title aspirations. Tom is a good fit for our team and I am both happy and proud to welcome him to the Marc VDS racing family."

With Jack Miller already confirmed as switching to Pramac Ducat next season, Luthi's deal means that Tito Rabat will be leaving Marc VDS. Rabat has been closely linked with a move to Avintia Ducati, which now has the last remaining seats available for 2018.

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Good for him, seems like finally he had to take humble pie and settle for a bike in which 10th will be an achievement - something he stated he "has been offered but did not want to do" about a year ago in a crash.net interview about MotoGP prospects.

Doesn't Mark van de Straten look different without a cap? I thought it was Alf Garnett at first...

Nice move for Luthi, albeit a bit late in life and good to see MvdS taking the Tech3 option of 2 rookies. Hasn't done them so bad...

Great lineup

Good news and richly deserved. Hope they can get the results that this team also deserve. Marc Van Der Stratten is a class act.

this means a certain exit for Loris Baz as i can't imagine Tito Rabat out (he's a spaniard)

twowheelsenough. Baz is out because there's a faster Frenchman now, he's being replaced by a Belgian. Tito will replace Spaniard Barbera

2017 rcv is a good bike proven by dani and marc. The expectation will be "not too far" from dani.

Good  stuff.  It may help Marc VDS to have an experienced rider in the team. Luthi has ridden against everyone, Lorenzo, Dovi, Simonccelli, Baustista, Iannone, Márquez, both Espargaros, Redding, Viñales, Rins etc.

 It balances the team having Morbidelli the young fast rider and Luthi a consistent experienced one.

Really pleased with this news, happy to eat my humble pie from last year when I said a ride would never be offered because he's too old.

I think next year could be interesting between him and Morbidelli.

Oh, and I'll take some ice-cream to go with the pie please...

Fantastic news! I've been hoping to see Luthi in MotoGP for a long time now, glad it's finally happening. It's also nice to see that a team is willing to give some in their early 30's a chance, instead of going for the next young hotshot. A lot of these young riders haven't lived up to expectations so why not give a slightly older guy a chance.

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