Scassa confimed with Supersonic Ducati

Supersonic Ducati launches its 2010 World Superbike Championship effort with former Pedercini Kawasaki rider Luca Scassa
Luca Scassa has confirmed he will return for a second season of World Superbike racing in 2010 after agreeing a deal to join the new Supersonic Racing Team.

Scassa made his full-time WSBK debut last year aboard a Pedercini Kawasaki, the former Italian Superbike Champion scoring eleven points to end the season 29th in the overall standings.

For 2010 he will switch to Ducati machinery as part of the Parma-based Supersonic Racing team, who steps up to the World Superbike Championship for the first time this year.

"I am really delighted with this agreement,” Scassa said. “The project is very interesting and ambitious, Danilo Soncini's team is very motivated and made up of skilful and determined personnel, the technical package is a good one so we have every chance to do well. I don't know the bike but I know that there is a lot of potential and I'll give my 100 per cent to be competitive and get some good results.

“It'll be a very competitive championship, with lots of factory riders but we'll do our best as outsiders. I just want to say to all of my fans; get your wig hair dye out and get ready for the show!”

Although Scassa and Supersonic were present on the recently published provisional entry list, they won't be ready in time for the start of the 2010 season in Australia. Instead, they have been permitted to debut at Portimao in a month's time.

"It's difficult for me to find the right words at the moment," said team manager Danilo Soncini. "We are all very happy for the situation that we have created, just think that one month ago the team's plans were totally different but a series of factors made it possible for us to realize this fantastic dream.

“For this I have to thank Ducati for the passion shown and also Infront who clearly understood the lateness of the situation but allowed us to miss the Australian round.”

Scassa will be one of seven Ducati riders on the full-time grid in 2010.

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February 16, 2010 9:31 AM

Oh come on now, stop it with moaning about the 'post code' rides! DORNA want a British rider in Moto GP, will we all moan when a Brit pops up on a satellite Ducati then? When you think of the Dunlop sponsored Tech 3 team poor James Ellison arguably only kept the ride because of his UK origin- granted, the bike ran on tyres 2 seconds a lap slower than the Michelins but James is a good looking, charismatic guy. Motorsport is a business, and if being an Italian rider on an Italian bike helps to get sponsors and puts more bikes on the grid then I'm all for it.

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February 16, 2010 1:55 PM

Don't reckon that flack's warranted to be honest. Last season the bloke put in some sound, workmanlike rides on a not overly competitive (none of the Kwaks were really in with a shout) bike. So, far as I'm concerned the jury's out.

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