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Scassa keeps seat for remainder of MotoGP season
1 October 2013
Luca Scassa will remain at the Cardion AB team for the remainder of the 2013 MotoGP season.
The World Supersport ace made a trial outing in place of the injured Karel Abraham for the Aragon event, qualifying the team's ART in 22nd and finishing 17th out of 19 riders - despite a clash with Danilo Petrucci and Michael Laverty on the opening lap.
“It's been my first race in MotoGP and I have to admit that it was very, very tough,” said Scassa. “I have strained left shoulder because there are many left turns. Anyway I'm very happy, it's an incredible experience for me and I have to say thank you to Mr. Abraham who decided to give me this opportunity.
“I'm quite satisfied with the result, we did not make bad times and it's just shame that I lost a lot of time because of collision of Petrucci and Laverty after which I had to get off the track. However I tried to do my best to reach the riders in front of me. I can´t wait for the next race weekend.”
Cardion AB Motoracing chief mechanic Marco Grana was impressed by how well Scassa adapted, having not ridden the ART prior to the race weekend.
“At the start of the race weekend we were completely at the beginning, Luca had no experience and because he is heavier and taller than Karel he needed a different bike set-up,” said Grana. “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. At the beginning of the race he had a bad luck when Petrucci and Laverty collided in front of him and he lost about ten second. However he was able to speed up quickly and he was getting over riders in front of him.
“The fact that Luca could shift from Supersport to one of the strongest bikes in the world is a good result and good basis for the coming races with us.”
Scassa's best race lap was one-second behind the ART of Randy de Puniet and 1.6s from CRT pace-setter Aleix Espargaro.
The next of the four remaining rounds will be held at Sepang in Malaysia on October 11-13.
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