Scassa to keep ride for rest of season
1 October 2013 – Luca Scassa will remain on the MotoGP grid for the rest of the season, having made his series debut with Cardion AB Motoracing at the recent MotorLand Aragón round.
The Italian, a former winner of the Italian Superbike championship, was drafted in to replace the sidelined Karel Abraham, who has been forced to undergo surgery on his injured left shoulder following a heavy practice crash at the Indianapolis Grand Prix.
With team boss Karel Abraham Sr. stating that Scassa's debut performance in Alcañiz would determine whether or not he is retained for the final four races, the decision has been made to keep the 30-year-old after he qualified 22nd and finished 17th.
"At the start of the weekend Luca had no experience and, because he is heavier and taller that Karel, he needed a different setup for the bike," said Marco Grana, Chief Mechanic at Cardion AB. "We had to go step-by-step and we were able to make improvements. Luca is very excited about the bike and we are happy with his result."
Grana added: "At the beginning of the race there was bad luck, when [Danilo] Petrucci and [Michael] Laverty collided in front of him and he lost about 10 seconds. However, he was able to speed up quickly and he was getting past riders in front of him."
The next round of the MotoGP season takes place in Malaysia from October 11-13.