WSS: Scassa edges to stunning PI victory

Lowes led into the final corner, but Scassa and Parkes's better straight line speed see them demote him to third across the line.
BE1 Racing's decision to defect from Triumph to Yamaha machinery over the winter has been fully vindicated after Luca Scassa took a stunning last gasp World Supersport victory at Phillip Island in a finish that saw the top three covered by just 0.033secs.

A breathtaking taster of what is to come for the remainder of the season, the race was relentless from start to finish as several riders took stints at the front of the pack right up until the final bend.

Indeed, while Scassa began the last lap in front, an unexpected pass by Lowes on the run up to Lukey Heights saw him enter the long left hander that leads onto the home straight in the lead.

However, an untidy exit left him vulnerable to the close following Scassa and Broc Parkes, with both riders using an apparent straight line speed advantage to edge past just in time for the line.

Finding enough room alongside a powerless Lowes, it was Scassa that crossed the line in front, just 0.009secs up on Parkes, whose benefit of a double-draft very nearly hauled him past both riders.

Though a bitter disappointment for Lowes, Scassa's equally impressive performance marks his first victory at WSS level, as well as success for Yamaha in its first WSS race since Portimao 2009.

Despite missing out on a home win by the smallest of margins himself, Parkes will nonetheless be pleased with his run to second having looked completely out of contention mid-race when he slipped to as low as seventh.

However, while it will be the rush to the finish line that dominates the headlines, the race as a whole should be remembered as a typical WSS classic.

Indeed, victory looked set to come down to a battle between as many as five riders, with Chaz Davies and pole sitter David Salom also well in contention until the very final stages. Both riders led at some stage, with Salom looking particularly good mid-race before being reeled in and bumped down to an eventual fourth position, himself just 0.2secs off the win.

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[L-R]: Chaz Davies, Luca Scassa and Gino Rea, Donington Park WSS podium, 2011 [pic credit: Ian Hopgood Photography]
Sam Lowes, Parkalgar Honda, Donington Park WSS, 2011 [pic credit: Ian Hopgood Photography]
James Ellison, Bogdanka PTR Honda, Donington Park WSS, 2011 [pic credit: Ian Hopgood Photography]
David Salom, Kawasaki, Donington Park WSS, 2011 [pic credit: Ian Hopgood Photography]
Gino Rea, Step Racing Honda, Donington Park WSS, 2011 [pic credit: Ian Hopgood Photography]

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Sick Cylinder - Unregistered

February 27, 2011 12:00 PM

Look at the size of Scassa! Great riding by The Big Man. Also great by Sam Lowes and Broc Parkes. Very sorry for the three riders who got no points as a result of flat rear tyres - a gross injustice to them and their teams.


February 27, 2011 3:52 PM

@Sick Cylinder i some times wonder what goes through the minds of people to make them hit the disagree . I wouldn't mind if they gave their opinion stating why. Any way yeah i looked at that photo and thought how the hell does he fit on that bike. He and Broc rode brilliant races but the best performance i think has to go to Sam Lowes overall it was great racing.

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