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Franco Morbidelli

Franco Morbidelli

Date of birth: 4 December 1994
Place of birth: Rome, Italy

Born in Rome but based in Tavullia, where Valentino Rossi also lives, Franco Morbidelli made his name in 2013 by winning the title of the FIM Superstock 600 Cup ahead of teammate Alessandro Nocco and Christian Gamarino. The talent of the 17-year-old kid was not lost on Fausto Gresini. The Italian team manager allowed him to ride in the last two races of the Moto2 World Championship after racing his first Grand Prix at Misano as a wild card. In 2014, Morbidelli inherited a bike in the Iltatrans team in which Julian Simon also rode. Although it was his first time on most of the circuits, he managed to chalk up seventy-five points to finish his first Grand Prix season in eleventh place. In 2015, starting to shine after making it to his first podium at Indianapolis, Franco broke a leg during motocross training. The accident cut short his season but did not prevent him from winning a place in the Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS who were looking for a successor to Tito Rabat. The Italian lived up to the trust placed in him. Making it to the podium eight times, Morbidelli finished the 2016 championship in fourth place. A year later, he took over from Johann Zarco by winning the title of world champion Moto2 after a season in which he led from start to finish. Winner of the first three Grands Prix, Morbidelli never gave up control of the championship. Now a rookie in MotoGP, he's facing a new challenge.

2017: Moto2 World Champion
2016: 4th in the Moto2 World Championship
2015: 10th in the Moto2 World Championship
2014: 11th in the Moto2 World Championship
2013: Winner of the FIM Superstock 600 Cup


Thomas Lüthi

Thomas Lüthi
Date of birth: 6 September 1986
Place of birth: Oberdiessbach, Switzerland

From his first full season in the 125 World Championship in 2003, Tom Lüthi made a name for himself by making it to the podium of the Grand Prix of Catalonia. He was only 17 years old.  Switzerland, lacking star riders since the end of the career of Jacques Cornu, flared up with enthusiasm for the kid who began to ride a motorcycle when he could barely walk. After training in the Pocketbike school, young Lüthi found himself in the spotlight a little too quickly. In 2004, with his Honda, he had falls and injuries one after another, and lost confidence... But he picked himself back up again the following season by scoring his first victories and even won the title of world champion to everyone's surprise. It had been twenty years since any Swiss rider had made the Grail. In 2007, he moved up to the 250 category with an Aprilia, won his first podiums the following season and continued to make progress until he left the 250 class in 2010, and moved up to Moto2. From the start, Lüthi found his marks with the four-stroke powerteam. Fourth in the championship with a Moriwaki, he clinched his first victory in 2011 riding a Suter. A dozen more would follow until 2017. Eight Moto2 seasons during which the Swiss driver would always be among the front-runners. Vice-champion of the world in 2016 and 2017, Lüthi unfortunately often lacked the success enabling him to cross the final hurdle. In 2013, a bad injury at the beginning of the year ruined his season just when he was a favourite. Last year again, a broken foot prevented him from fighting it out until the end of the championship with Franco Morbidelli. Ironically, the two former opponents are now MotoGP team-mates with Estrella Galicia 0.0 Marc VDS.

2017: 2nd in the Moto2 World Championship
2016: 2nd in the Moto2 World Championship
2015: 5th in the Moto2 World Championship
2014: 4th in the Moto2 World Championship
2013: 6th in the Moto2 World Championship
2012: 4th in the Moto2 World Championship
2011: 5th in the Moto2 World Championship
2010: 4th in the Moto2 World Championship
2009: 7th in the 250 cc World Championship
2008: 11th in the 250 cc World Championship
2007: 8th in the 250 cc World Championship
2006: 8th in the 125 cc World Championship

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