Luca Scassa continued his steady ascension up the World Superbike Championship order at Miller Motorsports Park with a pair of top ten results, including a career-best seventh.
Currently competing in his second full WSBK campaign having raced for Pedercini Kawasaki in his debut season, Scassa has shown steady progress with burgeoning outfit Supersonic Racing.
Riding an ex-Noriyuki Haga Ducati 1198, Scassa, who rode a factory MV Agusta in the AMA Superbike series in 2007, used his additional experience of Miller Motorsports Park to prove a consistent top ten threat over the weekend.
Although qualifying didn't go to plan, Scassa made up good ground in race one to move into the top ten before embarking on a tussle with former champion James Toseland. It was a battle he would win on his way to seventh position – comfortably his best result yet at this level.
Following it up with a tenth position in race two, Scassa was delighted with his results, not least because Supersonic had not originally planned on competing in the South African and American flyaway races.
"I am extremely happy with this weekend because we all worked with the best of our ability,” he said. “My Ducati has never had any problem and I was able to go very fast. Race one was perfect, the only problem was my starting position but I recovered with a very fast race pace. I had a very nice duel with James Toseland, we had a couple of contacts but all normal, after the race we made our compliments to each other!
“The seventh place is a excellent result, but it could be even better. In race two my clutch slipped in 2nd and 3rd gear and at the end of the straight I was in last position. Without this problem I could easily return to the same position as in race 1 but more than that was not possible. I am grateful to the team and Infront, to travel to South Africa and here in the U.S. without their personal commitment it would not be possible.
Scassa is now classified 16th in the standings, despite having missed the opening round at Phillip Island.
“Forty points in the Championship is a nice booty to share with all the guys on the team and with Ducati. What is important is to keep working at most of our ability so we can take again great satisfaction!"