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WSS Aragon 2013: Scassa plays catch up, moves third overall

17 April 2013

By Neil Morrison

Luca Scassa claimed his first world championship podium since the tail end of 2011 with a finely timed move that saw him take third position in Sunday's World Supersport race at Aragon.

The rider who placed third overall two years ago came back from a bad start and benefited from Sam Lowes' misfortune to take his fifth podium in the class.

Returning to the world stage after a year riding for Padgett's Honda in British Superbike, Scassa now sits third in the overall standings, behind Fabien Foret and Michael van der Mark.

Starting from seventh on the front of the third row, Scassa was amidst the commotion at the first turn and started the second lap with a lot of work to do.

“It's been a tough race because we had issues at the start and I was tenth, everybody overtook me on the back straight and I was like, every over take was giving me more aggression,” he told Crash.net

He used that to good effect and his experience with tyre life paid off while battling upstarts Andrea Antonelli and Riccardo Russo, making the decisive move on the former two laps from the end.

“For me the normal last lap move was on the second last lap. The difference was Lowes had a problem, unfortunately for him and fortunately for me. I keep on pushing until the last lap and I was hoping the other guys were having more problems than me with tyres and grip.

“That's what happened as usual and luckily I was able to get back. I didn't think I could get on the podium when I was tenth but I do my best and this is what the team deserve. We're really happy to be back.”

The 29 year-old Italian and his Intermoto Ponyexpress Kawasaki team have been playing catch up since February, when he only rode the ZX-6R for the first time on the Monday before the first round.

Although he rode to an impressive sixth in Phillip Island he wasn't aided by a testing fall that week which dislocated his wrist. He now feels that he's consistently returning towards the form that saw him win three races in 2011.

“I'm really happy. Slowly we are getting ready for Assen and Monza, which is my favourite circuit, so I can't wait to be there.”