Tom Luthi will begin his first season in the 250 class in the saddle of an Aprilia bike, with all the support of the factory team. The main sponsor, Emmi, took on the team name and just two days before the end of the season they have already begun the first trials, which seem promising. Tom Luthi and the new Emmi Caffè Latte Aprilia team are very excited about the class change. 

Next year, the Emmi Caffè Latte Team will become the official factory team for the Aprilia 250 class. That will entail a full support system for Tom Luthi, who will not only receive the best materials and will take advantage of the immense know-how of the Aprilia Racing division, but he will also be involved in the perfecting of the motorcycles. “For me as a Swiss person, it’s really an honour to receive this offer from Aprilia,” said Tom Luthi with satisfaction.

Aprilia is part of the Italian group Piaggio and its Racing division employees about 100 people. Next season, together with Luthi, Alvaro Bautista, new champion of the 125 class, and Jorge Lorenzo, the current contender for the world title in the 250 class will race. “The 250 represents the apple of Aprilia’s eye, therefore, we’re part of the most important Italian team! This is a huge privilege for us!” said Daniel Epp. Also for Emmi, the main sponsor, the move to Aprilia is a positive sign and gives hope for the next season. “We’re convinced that with both Tom Luthi and Sandro Cortese have demonstrated that they are ready for the step up next year” said Erich Kienle, marketing director for Emmi.

The Swiss Markus Egloff will take on an important position at the technical level. Also from a personal point of view, this is a step up for the factory team: Aprilia will make three technicians available that will be responsible for the engine and frame and they will work directly in the box. The decision regarding the personal will be made together with the factory team, especially where it will concern the function of the head mechanics and the telemeter and data registration technicians. Now, Luthi will have two mechanics for each of his two bikes, which are identical. The current head technician, German Sepp Schlogl, will not move to Aprilia, and therefore is leaving the team. In his place, taking over the direction of all technical aspects, will be Markus Egloff, who was until now responsible for the motorcycle of Luthi’s teammate, Sandro Cortese. The Swiss technician has had great success as a rider in the sidecar world championship and already has a lot of experience with Aprilia and the Motorcycle GP.

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