How about the bike, how does it compare to Marc’s bike?

Tom Luthi: I don’t know how it compares with the Repsol Honda exactly but that is a completely developed new bike, ours is completely different physically and particularly on the electronics side. Our bike spec and development is not at their level. Ours is last year’s bike but also we don’t have some of the electronic possibilities that they had last year. We are a little limited in that respect but that is what we’ve got and what we have to work with. Do you have access to their data?

Tom Luthi: No I don’t. I have access to last year’s data but nothing current. Also Marc and Cal use very specific set ups for their bike which are only for them so it’s good to see the data but it’s not always helpful. People often say that the Honda is a difficult bike to ride – do you find that?

Tom Luthi: Yeah sure, it’s a bike on which it’s difficult to find the limit and it’s not that clear where it is so it’s very easy to go past it. The range of successful adjustment is very small so it’s also difficult to find a good setup. On a bike like that you need a lot of experience to be able to hit the sweet spot and it’s that that I don’t have. Have you found any kind of base setup?

Tom Luthi: Not yet, not yet, we’re working hard at every track but we still haven’t found a set up that works at more than one track or in more than one set of conditions. With each track we are always trying to make some steps forward but in a way we are the team that has to do the most work but we’ve got the least time and resources to do it. With a team like Repsol it’s the other way around. So in a way you’re doing your testing at the races?

Tom Luthi: We have to. I mean there is so little testing between the races so that’s what we have to do. Any testing that needs doing we’ll do that at the track. Wouldn’t there be an argument to allow satellite teams such as yours the same concessions that KTM or Aprilia get or possibly new ones?

Tom Luthi: We’re still limited with the test times though. We don’t have the resources to just go around doing whatever we want. Surely for your style a Yamaha or Ducati would have been a great bike to have?

Tom Luthi: Sure that’s a possible and you can see how Tito is going on the Ducati but I am where I am and I have already done a deal for next year. Weren’t there rumours that you might sign for Avintia Ducati?

Tom Luthi: No that’s not something that I know about. As it stands I’ve already done a deal to go back to the Moto2 championship and I have to say that I’m looking forward to it. And that’s with the Dynavolt team isn’t it?

Tom Luthi: Exactly. It’s partly to do with getting that winning feeling back. In Moto2 I always started with a win in mind and with that team I can have that goal. Going to a really strong team like Dynavolt which has got really strong momentum is a very motivating feeling. One of the most important things for me is that the motivation there is also strong and you really feel that the people there are working hard towards that goal. I’m going back to Moto2 but with a team like that it means that it feels like an opportunity. And going back to a championship in which the top 20 bikes can be separated by a second doesn’t give you any apprehension?

Tom Luthi: Sure, sure, it’s absolutely crazy but the class has always been tough and I know it very well. You have to have everything at its optimum to do well there and it’s a challenge but a challenge I know well and more importantly that’s where I’m going. The new Triumph motor will also make the bike development more interesting for me – I’m looking forward to it. …and I guess this year has been a character building experience?

Tom Luthi: Yes, it’s a difficult story but still a good experience. Good luck for the rest of the season Tom.

Tom Luthi: Goodbye and have a good one.



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