Third podium in a row for Lüthi after Sepang-thriller
In one of the hardest races of the season, Tom Lüthi fought until the very end for the championship outcome and eventually secured, after Japan and Australia, his third podium in a row with the third place. Marcel Schrötter took ninth place after an initial error.
Tom Lüthi tried everything in the heat-battle of Sepang to keep the championship-fight for the Moto2-crown 2019 open until Valencia. But after the start, the Swiss became embroiled in duels with Xavi Vierge and Tetsuta Nagashima and was lucky to escape a slide of the Japanese. But this did cost him some time. After that, Alex Marquez in front of him was on his target, but he had to catch up the gap first. The top guys with Brad Binder leading, Alex Marquez in second and Tom Lüthi in third position, did not award each other any centimetre. After 18 nerve-wracking laps these three crossed the finish line in exactly this order. It was the 200th Moto2-race for Tom Lüthi and he absolved it without any mistakes, which was rewarded with a podium place.
Alex Marquez became the new Moto2-world-champion, thanks to his second place in the race today! But Tom Lüthi still has the chance to secure himself the Vice-title in Valencia. He will have to beat Brad Binder for that, who is now four points in front of him in the overall standings.
Marcel Schrötter started the overseas-tour, that was going from Thailand over Japan and Australia to Malaysia, coming from an injury with a fractured collarbone and finished it with two Top Ten results and 21 more points to the championship. A gearing error at the beginning of the race did cost him a top result at the Sepang International Circuit today, as with his strong pace he was as fast as the leading group. At the end, the 26-years-old was eventually able to leave Luca Marini behind and take the ninth place home.
After five intense weeks the Dynavolt Intact GP squad is returning to Europe, where the season finale will take place from 15th to 17th November, in two weeks time in Valencia. Another full attack is planned, as the title in the team championship is still on offer and the gap to the first position is only 14 points.