Cardion AB Motoracing has announced that World Supersport front runner Luca Scassa has been lined up to replace the injured Karel Abraham for the Aragon Grand Prix.
Following the confirmation that Abraham will skip the remainder of the 2013 MotoGP World Championship season due to a shoulder injury sustained at the Indianapolis Grand Prix, a replacement has been sought in the form of Scassa.
A former Italian Superbike Champion, the 30-year-old has also competed in the World Superbike and British Superbike Championships in recent years, though he has enjoyed much of his success at World Supersport level where he was a three-time race winner in 2011.
Having returned to the series with Intermoto Kawasaki this year, Scassa is currently sixth in the standings with two rounds to go, his best finish of third position coming at Motorland Aragon, where he will make his MotoGP debut next weekend.
“Luca has ridden more than fifty races in WSBK and he has enough experiences to run on the MotoGP bike and to jump to the championship” said team owner Karel Abraham Sr. “It was important for us to find a rider, who can manage so specific a machine as the MotoGP bike is and who knows the circuits where next five races will take place.
As it stands, Scassa's deal is in place for the Aragon event only, though Abraham says a successful event could lead to him seeing out the season with the CRT team.
“The first race waiting for us is next weekend in Aragon, where Luca achieved this year´s best result in WSS. Our aim is to get Luca feel comfortable with the bike and try to improve the lap time step by step during the weekend. Then we will decide if we will continue together also in remaining races.”