Thomas “Tom” Lüthi was born on 6 September 1986 in Oberdiessbach, Switzerland. He still lives in the rural village where he grew up – Linden, which is located in the Canton of Bern and has 1,300 inhabitants. Motorcycle racing runs in the Swiss native’s blood all thanks to his father who already participated in regional motorcycle races. Tom began riding a pocket bike at an early age and kicked off his career at the age of nine when he competed in his first race.
In 2002, at the age of 16 he finished third in the IDM and second in the European Championship.
In 2003, he competed in his first full World Championship season and in 2005 he became the sixth youngest World Champion in history
He entered the World Championship with a higlight, taking second place in Catalonia. Lüthi scored his first Grand Prix victory in the motorcycle world championship at the 2005 French Grand Prix in Le Mans. On 6 November 2005 Lüthi won the world championship title in the 125cc class in Valencia, on a Honda. He became the sixth-youngest world champion in history.
Lüthi was then voted Swiss Sports Personality of the Year 2005 and also won the annual ‘Swiss Award’ in the sport category. In the 2006 season, the defending champion captured eighth place overall.
In 2007, Tom made the switch to the 250cc class
Which meant swapping his trusty Honda for an Aprilia. After three years of fierce competition in the 250cc category, Lüthi continued to hold his own when he progressed from the 250cc class to the 600cc Moto2 class. Over the course of eight years, Tom Lüthi consistently ranked among the best in Moto2 World Championship, securing 45 podium finishes, 11 victories and two World Championship runner-up titles (2016 and 2017) from seasons 2010-2017.
And then Tom Lüthi finally turned his dream into reality
In 2018 the Swiss motorcycle racer ascended to the MotoGP World Championship and thus started in the top tier on a Honda RC213V. The season, however, turned out to be more challenging than expected, not least because of a long break during the 2017/2018 winter season due to an injury, which meant insufficient preparation time.
Tom, being Tom, wouldn’t let this stop him
The Bern native keeps on fighting and after the difficult MotoGP season, he once again secures a starting position in the Moto2 class, where he plans battling his way back to the top in the 2019 season with the Dynavolt Intact GP team on a Kalex.