Avintia In Talks With Six Riders For 2018 MotoGP Seats

Luthi is one of several riders that has been linked to the Avintia squad for next year, but the 30-year-old is now in advanced talks with Honda satellite team Marc VDS.

The 2005 125cc champion has raced in the intermediate class since 2007, before it was renamed Moto2 in '10.

Luthi has regularly finished in the top six in the riders' standings, but only mounted a proper title challenge for the first time last year - finishing runner-up to now Tech3 Yamaha MotoGP rider Johann Zarco.

The Swiss rider also sits seconds in this year's standings, 26 points behind Franco Morbidelli - who is also expected to join Marc VDS in the premier class next season.

Marc VDS is in its second year in MotoGP, and runs a pair of bikes for Jack Miller and Tito Rabat.

But Miller will leave to ride for the satellite Pramac Ducati outfit next year, while Rabat is strongly linked to one of Avintia's available seats.

Other riders in contention for the Marc VDS seat were Scott Redding, who has since signed with Aprilia for 2018, and Hector Barbera - but Luthi is now in prime position to secure the ride.

With Marc VDS' line-up nearing completion, Avintia is the only other team left to finalise its line-up for 2018.

Additional reporting by Oriol Puigdemont


Trending Hairstyles

Source : http://asia.eurosport.com/moto/moto2-veteran-luthi-close-to-motogp-graduation_sto6297900/story.shtml

Moto2 veteran Luthi close to MotoGP graduation
Robert Wickens leaves DTM to race for Schmidt in IndyCar in 2018
Ducati closing in on Avintia deal for 2015
GPUpdate's MotoGP mid-season review
Attack Performance CRT Takes on MotoGP
2018 Harley Davidson Softail range – Review.
News From Valencia 2016
Wilfried Bony in talks with Manchester City over January transfer for Swansea striker
VIDEO: Casey Stoner talks MotoGP, Suzuka 8 Hours
2017 Japanese GP (Motegi): MotoGP Race Results - The duel of Champions: Dovizioso vs Marquez at Motegi