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Luthi closing on MotoGP move with Marc VDS in 2018

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Luthi closing on MotoGP move with Marc VDS in 2018
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Aug 23, 2017, 9:12 AM

Moto2 veteran Thomas Luthi is close to making a long-awaited step up to MotoGP in the 2018 season with the Marc VDS Honda team.

The 30-year-old Swiss rider is set to be given the nod to join fellow Moto2 rider Franco Morbidelli at the Belgian squad, beating other contenders such as Sam Lowes and Stefan Bradl to the seat.

Luthi has competed in grand prix racing since 2002, winning the 125cc class in 2005 and racing in the 250cc/Moto2 division from 2007 onwards.

A 10-time winner in the intermediate class, Luthi finished runner-up behind Johann Zarco last year, and also sits seconds in this year's standings, 26 points behind Morbidelli.

Luthi and Morbidelli will replace current Marc VDS duo Jack Miller and Tito Rabat.

Miller will join Pramac Ducati next year, replacing Aprilia-bound Scott Redding, while Rabat is set to fill one of Avintia Ducati's two available seats.

Another Moto2 rider, Xavier Simeon, has been strongly linked with filling Avintia's second seat, although KTM test rider Mika Kallio and former Aspar man Yonny Hernandez were also known to be in negotiations with the Spanish outfit.

2018 MotoGP rider line-up so far:

TeamRiders
Repsol Honda

 Marc Marquez

 Dani Pedrosa

Movistar Yamaha

 Valentino Rossi

 Maverick Vinales

Ducati

 Andrea Dovizioso

 Jorge Lorenzo

Suzuki

 Andrea Iannone

 Alex Rins

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

 Tito Rabat

TBA

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Author Oriol Puigdemont