Triumph had Superbike ambitions, says Scassa

Luca Scassa says Triumph did have ambitions to join the World Superbike Championship before its decision to pull out of the World Supersport series.
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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papi - Unregistered

April 12, 2011 4:49 PM

Er.. Norton Rotary, BSB 1990. Triumph 675, BSS 2009 (OR 2008?). Triumph, along with BMW are the only bike manufacturers increasing sales in the UK right now. I don't think it would too unlikely that Triumph will build a superbike in the near future. Probably more likely than the Hunwick Hallum!

Dean Dean

April 12, 2011 7:23 PM

Triumph have the BEST supersport bike right now, Daytona 675R...WHO thinks they need to win races in WSS to prove that ??!! As regard Superbike, their present engine configuration precludes them from competing, they'd firstly need a bike, an 1100 triple to compete and present to the FIM for that going to happen as the poorer selling superbikes are not in their plans right now ??

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