During qualifying for the Czech Republic race, Thomas Luthi was one of the fastest on the track in Moto2 until a devastating crash forced him to raise the white flag, taken to hospital confused and in pain.
The Swiss team Interwetten Garage Plus rider was having a good season at the top end of the Middle Class standings and, with the English round at Silverstone coming up, he spoke to Speedweek about his current physical conditions and his desire to get back to racing: “After the hard blow I was not at all okay, but I am regaining my fitness level and I am much better now. I am recovering and my head doesn’t hurt anymore.”
The blow suffered at Brno resulted in various injuries to his hands, elbow and a foot, but the most worrying thing was a severe concussion that forced him to take a break: “Now that I am healing, my goal is to officially return at Silverstone in the next race - explains Luthi - but there is one small obstacle to overcome before I can get onto the track … the Silverstone medical commission will have to give me the green light and only after that will I be able to get back on my Kalex.”
Luthi is lying fifth in the Moto2 overall standings and, with seven races left in the season, the top three spots in the championship are still within reach mathematically.