August 24, 2017 / 10:18 AM / a year ago

Swiss veteran Luethi secures 2018 MotoGP ride

(Reuters) - Veteran Swiss rider Thomas Luethi will graduate to MotoGP next season with Marc VDS Honda, the Belgian team announced on Thursday.

FILE PHOTO - Suter Moto2 rider Thomas Luethi of Switzerland celebrates taking second position after the qualifying session at the Portuguese Grand Prix in Estoril May 5, 2012. REUTERS/Marcos Borga

Luethi, 30, is in his eighth season in the Moto2 category and finished runner-up in 2016 behind French rider Johann Zarco, who is now in MotoGP with Tech3 Yamaha.

FILE PHOTO - Suter Moto2 rider Thomas Luethi of Switzerland takes a curve during the third practice session for the Italian motorcycling Grand Prix at Mugello circuit July 14, 2012. REUTERS/Giampiero Sposito

The 2005 world champion in the 125cc class will be partnered at the team by current Moto2 championship leader Franco Morbidelli of Italy.

Luethi was also previously a test rider for KTM before their MotoGP debut this season.

“His consistency over seven seasons in Moto2 has been incredible, with a sixth place in 2013 the only time he’s finished outside the top five in the championship,” Marc VDS team boss Marc van der Straten said in a statement.

Reporting by Alan Baldwin in Spa-Francorchamps; Editing by John O'Brien

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