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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