Moto2 veteran Tom Luthi made a small error on his fastest lap during the final day of Jerez testing which meant it wasn’t ‘an absolute killer lap’.
The Liqui Moly Intact rider was a tenth quicker than Marco Bezzecchi on the combined sheets after spending much of the test working on race pace in various setup conditions with old and fresh Dunlop rubber.
“Riding the fastest time was not the main focus of this test. The focus on the last day was still on the pace, set-up for the races and finding the feeling with different variations. It was very interesting, everything on a high level,” said Luthi.
“I can really go out and do fast laps right away. It doesn’t matter if I have old or new tyres, I’m always in the low 41s. That is perfect for us to take the bike further. I made a conscious plan with my crew chief today to try the soft tyres and to see if I can get anything out.
“I had problems with them for a long time, I couldn’t improve with these tyres, which is what the others did all three days long. It wasn’t the aim to set the best time, but to see if I could improve. Now I am really happy because I managed to get a lot out of it.
“The fastest time I set would have been even faster because I had a small mistake in turn one. So it was not the absolute killer lap. It’s incredible what times you can ride with the Moto2 bike here.
“I am proud of my crew. I have to say a big thank you because we have worked very well. It gives me a lot of confidence for the season. I am relaxed and happy that we can continue working like this in Qatar. The start of the season can actually already come. After Jerez we can definitely say that we are ready and we definitely are there!”