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Canned Triumph plans did include Superbike
12 April 2011
Luca Scassa has confirmed Triumph was planning to join the World Superbike ranks over the next few years prior to the withdrawal of its factory operation in the Supersport class.
The British manufacturer came to the World Supersport Championship in 2008 with its three-cylinder Daytona 675, but while it showed marked improvements in three seasons of development, it failed to top the podium by the end of 2010.
Even so, Triumph had ambitious plans for the future, signing Luca Scassa to its BE1 Racing operation alongside Chaz Davies with the intention of building its own Superbike contender.
However, Scassa reveals it was Triumph – who conducted a series of winter tests – that made a very sudden decision to withdraw its manufacturer involvement, the Italian adding he remains uncertain of the reasons.
“There were fewer options in Superbike this year – too many racers and not enough bikes,” said Scassa told
when asked why he opted for WSS following a promising year on the Supersonic Ducati in WSBK 2010.
“I had a good proposal with the factory Triumph team that included developing a Superbike, so that was the plan. But after three months they said they didn't want to do it anymore. I was p****d off, not with Triumph, but with the situation because I knew we could do well. I don't know why they stopped.”
Fortunately for Scassa, BE1 Racing negotiated a swift deal to run the 2009 title-winning Yamahas, a decision vindicated by the former Italian Superbike Champion's two wins from two races so far this year.
“Luckily my team manager is a good businessman,” Scassa added. “Yamaha knew we weren't racing with Triumph anymore, so they came to Italy and we did the deal immediately. We are really happy we are top of the world in World Supersport.”
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