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Scassa relieved to be back on world stage
28 March 2013
Italy's Luca Scassa endured a baptism of fire with his new Intermoto PonyExpres Kawasaki team at Phillip Island, where he salvaged a solid sixth place result despite suffering a dislocation of his right wrist.
Scassa sustained the injury during a crash in free practice, but battled through the pain barrier to make an impressive debut for the Czech outfit even though he only rode the ZX-6 for the first time at the Australian circuit.
Standing at 6'1” tall, the 29-year-old does not fit the standard definition of a Supersport competitor, however Scassa has proven that he can adapt to the 600cc machine and is thrilled to be back on the world stage after an unspectacular season in the British Superbike Championship with Padgetts Honda.
“We were in a quicksand situation, but we managed to get out of it,” said Scassa.
“I tried the bike out for the first time on Monday and Tuesday [at Phillip Island] - I hadn't even seen it before then.
“I crashed on Friday morning and injured myself, so I was not able to complete many laps until Saturday evening. I tried in Qualifying 2 but the pain in my wrist was too severe.
“I was treated by Dr. Corbascio and the painkilling injection worked for almost the entire race. In the end it was a good result, especially after moving off from the 20th slot on the grid.
“I keep saying that Supersport is not my category as I'm 6'1" tall, 12st 8lbs – that is always a disadvantage no matter the bike you ride.
“I can adapt myself well though, I had some good races in 2011. The thing I'm mostly happy about is being back on the world stage because I was expecting more from the year spent racing in the UK.”
Scassa will be back in action at Aragon alongside team-mate David Salom for a two-day test scheduled for April 3-4 in preparation for the second round of the season, which will take place the following week at the same venue.
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