When you have been in the same environment for almost 20 years, you inevitably have your habits. From his years of victories in 125 cm3, always so much during his glorious period in Moto2, Thomas Lüthi knew that, the Italian GP ended, he found his parents Silvia and Hansueli in Ronta, in the nearby mountain, at the table always abundant of “mamma Mariani”.
Up there, between the Tuscan hills, honor had to be given to everything that came out of the kitchens, where the “mamma” was busy, but also the son, cousins, brothers and sisters. The daddy was behind the cash register, which had taken the place of the grandfather, who had gone to Heaven a few years earlier. A week of GP, by the way. Among the dishes that paraded, the “pasta arrabiatta”, spicy as it should be …
“Arrabiatta I and II” are also two key bends in the Mugello circuit, straight lines taken at very high speed, the place where, Johann Zarco recalled the day before, “we are under pressure like nowhere in the road. season.” And that’s where Tom Lüthi fell, as he tried to close the gap with the best: 1.6 seconds, a chasm in today’s Moto2 class.
“The front slipped, I almost saved the day, but the sandbox was getting closer at high speed, I had to let go of the bike. The shock to the head was violent, so we’ll have to see how I feel on Saturday morning ”
For a provisional twenty-sixth place, unworthy of the driver he is – has he been? -, unworthy of the man he will always be, appreciated by all. But, unfortunately, less and less feared by his opponents. Stunned, he got up, the pretty blue and white leather covered in dust: “The front slipped, I almost saved the situation, but the sandbox was approaching at high speed, I had to let go. the motorbike. The shock to the head was violent, so we’ll have to see how I feel on Saturday morning, ”explains Lüthi.
Bruises all over his body, but even more painful are those that haunt his soul more and more. How to do? What to do? We have said it and we underline it once again: he alone is able to measure what remains of his desires.
It was born at the beginning of the week, in a clinic in Barcelona: Nina Viñales is present … on the backrest of the saddle of her daddy Maverick’s Yamaha, on the Mugello circuit. This birth brings back memories of a time when pilots were much older than their successors today.
Most of them were parents, which made some team managers say, “As soon as a driver becomes a dad, he loses a second per lap.” A sentence less and less confirmed by the facts. On the contrary, even, according to Aleix Espargaró, father of Max and Mia, twins born just three years ago: “It’s the most beautiful thing that can happen to a human being. Personally, this event brought me a great deal of inner fulfillment. I know Maverick very well and I know that this new phase of his life is going to be beneficial for him as well. ”
This Italian GP is the first of four races over five weekends. After Catalonia next Sunday – the organizers hope to be able to open some of their stands – the German GP will follow at the Sachsenring on June 20 (behind closed doors), then the Assen classic the following Sunday (in principle, 15 ‘000 spectators per day).
After the summer break, Austria will host two GPs (10,000 spectators per day, again). Then it gets more complicated: the situation is again very difficult in Great Britain (Silverstone scheduled for August 29) and the travel restrictions will undoubtedly have an impact on the overseas races in the fall.
The organizers of the GPs of Japan, Thailand, Australia and Malaysia must give a definitive answer to Dorna by June 15th at the latest. Of these destinations, the most plausible could be Sepang (Malaysia), where one would even consider a double event.
Motorcycle racing enthusiasts have a busy weekend ahead of them. Firstly, they cannot miss the ever spectacular Mugello meeting, perhaps Valentino Rossi’s last, only penultimate of this first day of testing: “And the reality of the numbers reflects my reality; we thought we had seen the best in the post-GP Spanish tests and at Le Mans, but once again I’m having serious problems stopping my bike, especially before the first corner in San Donato. ” If, as we said above, the weekend is likely to be complicated for Tom Lüthi, Fribourgeois Jason Dupasquier (14th, this Friday) has a nice card to play.
Alongside the Tuscan classic, the world superbike will stop this weekend in Estoril, Portugal. For, in particular, two new races in Supersport for Dominique Aegerter, Randy Krummenacher and Jurassien Stéphane Frossard (the first Saturday, the second Sunday). On this first day of testing, Aegerter was the fastest of all, ahead of Frenchman Cluzel and Italy’s Caricasulo. Krummenacher, the former world champion in the category, finished the day in ninth place, Frossard in the twenty-first.
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