Moto2: Luthi top in mixed conditions

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Thomas Luthi has emerged top of the time sheets after the first day of action at the German Grand Prix, coming home ahead of Marcel Schrotter and Miguel Olivera at the closest thing the Swiss rider has to a home round of the Moto2 championship.

He was back in 11th after the day’s opening session in dry but cool conditions, before a strong performance in the second of the day’s two outings propelled him to provisional pole ahead of Schrotter, with Olivera’s time from free practice one enough to give him third overall on combined times at the end of the day.

Championship leader Franco Morbidelli was fourth overall, just ahead of Francesco Bagnaia on the Team Sky VR46 bike, with Morbidelli’s fellow 2018 MotoGP graduate Takaaki Nakagami rounding out the provisional second row.

Brit Tarran Mackenzie was 31st on the Kiefer Racing Suter, just under three seconds off the pace set by Luthi at the front.

Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

MotoGP and road racing reporter, photographer, videographer