Lüthi third fastest on an extremely close Friday

The Red Bull Ring on the first training day offered not only a dream scenery, but also summery dream weather.

In Moto2 a total of 25 riders gathered together within only one second on the 4.3 km long track on Friday. Tom Lüthi was surerly one of them. The Swiss was able to make good progress after a 12th place in the morning and to finish the afternoon with the third fastest time, a 1'29.147. Also in the overall standings this meant third place, with a gap of only 0.118 seconds to the fastest Brad Binder.

Marcel Schrötter had a minor crash in both sessions today. In FP1 the 26-year-old lost the front in turn 3 and in FP2 he slipped from the track in turn 1. But the Bavarian wasn't too impressed by this and immediately gave full throttle again. So he finished the morning on the third place and rushed from P17 to P10 in the afternoon. His best time, a 1'29.336, from the morning practice, was still his fastest of the day, with which he rounded up the top eight in the combined classification, three tenths behind first place.

1. Augusto FERNANDEZ / SPA / KALEX - 1'29.264
2. Iker LECUONA / SPA /  KTM - 1'29.310 (+0.046)
3. Marcel SCHROTTER / GER / KALEX - 1'29.336 (+0.072)
12. Thomas LUTHI / SWI / KALEX - 1'29.584 (+0.320)

1. Brad BINDER / RSA / KTM - 1'29.029
2. Tetsuta NAGASHIMA / JPN / KALEX - 1'29.119 (+0.090)
3. Thomas LUTHI / SWI / KALEX - 1'29.147 (+0.118)
10. Marcel SCHROTTER / GER / KALEX - 1'29.474 (+0.445)