Matthias Dubach and Stefan Meier
Finally, once again a sporty glimmer of hope for Tom Lüthi. The 34-year-old is scoring the World Cup points in Barcelona for the second time this season. Lüthi is in 15th place and gets a counter. It’s not much. And yet. “A small ray of hope,” says Lüthi.
But the sporty remains in the background for him. The day is emotional. A week ago, his pupil Jason Dupasquier († 19) died in this terrible accident in Mugello. Only after a day to think about it, Lüthi decides to start at the GP in Barcelona despite the loss.
“It was emotionally difficult,” he admits. “Even after the race, everything is still very present. I’m glad I was there and kept going. But it still takes a lot of time. “
Corona easing enables visits
An important support for Lüthi in this difficult time is friend Noëlle Dettwiler (26). She is at a GP with him for the first time in Barcelona, easing the MotoGP Corona regulations make it possible – as well as the return of some fans to the stands.
The teacher from Solothurn, who lives in Friborg by choice, supports Lüthi in the box in Barcelona. Is very close when Tom drives out on the track for a dangerous job.
“It helped a lot that she was there. That was good, ”says Lüthi. “She was a good support and it was important to have someone outside of the team.”
The tragedy surrounding Dupasquier also preoccupies Noëlle and her whole family. Because Noëlle’s brother Noah (16) is also a great Swiss motorcycle talent and knew Dupasquier well from their time together in the Red Bull Rookies Cup junior series. Like Lüthi, Dettwiler did not participate in his rookies race in Mugello because of Jason, but like Lüthi will compete in his next race again.
Lüthi is now spending two weeks at home. Tried to lift your head. And will say goodbye to Jason Dupasquier at the funeral.