Luthi joins Marc VDS for 2018 MotoGP season

Thomas Luthi

Thomas Luthi will step up to the premier class of grand prix motorcycle racing next season with satellite Honda operation Marc VDS Racing.

Luthi will join fellow to-be MotoGP rookie Franco Morbidelli at the current home of Australian Jack Miller.

The 30-year-old Luthi finished runner-up in Moto2 last year and currently occupies the same position this year, having won the 125cc title in 2005.

He will become the first Swiss premier class rider since Eskil Suter in 1998.

The news leaves the Avintia Ducati team as the only squad left with an unconfirmed 2018 rider line-up, after news earlier in the week that Czech Karel Abraham would remain at Aspar Ducati next year.

2018 MotoGP teams and riders

Team Riders
Repsol Honda Marc Marquez
Dani Pedrosa
Movistar Yamaha Valentino Rossi
Maverick ViƱales
Ducati Team Andrea Dovizioso
Jorge Lorenzo
Suzuki Andrea Iannone
Alex Rins
Gresini Aprilia Aleix Espargaro
Scott Redding
KTM Pol Espargaro
Bradley Smith
LCR Honda Cal Crutchlow
Takaaki Nakagami
Marc VDS Honda Franco Morbidelli
Thomas Luthi
Tech 3 Yamaha Johann Zarco
Jonas Folger
Pramac Ducati Danilo Petrucci
Jack Miller
Aspar Ducati Alvaro Bautista
Karel Abraham
Avintia Ducati TBA

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