Marc VDS looks set to run two rookies in MotoGP next season with Thomas Luthi now tipped to ride alongside Franco Morbidelli.

The pair are currently first and second in the Moto2 World Championship, with Morbidelli (Marc VDS Kalex) 26 points clear of the Swiss (Interwetten Kalex).

Morbidelli's promotion to the Belgian-based MotoGP team was announced in June, but VDS then needed a further new signing after Jack Miller's switch to Pramac Ducati.

According to several sources, including Speedweek.com, Luthi has now been picked over Sam Lowes and Stefan Bradl to replace the Australian.

Luthi was 125cc world champion back in 2005 and has raced in the intermediate category since 2007, where he has won ten races since the switch to Moto2 four-strokes and was title runner-up in 2016.

The 30-year-old's MotoGP experience is limited to one-off test appearances on a Honda (2005) and more recently KTM (2016), after which team boss Mike Leitner declared: "He was surprisingly good and quick to adjust to our MotoGP bike".

"I was quickly able to be in Mika [Kallio's] range and learn a lot," Luthi stated.

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