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Lucca Scassa SBK Return – Ducati Wildcard Entry at Misano

Lucca Scassa News

Lucca Scassa SBK Return - Ducati Wildcard Entry at Misano
Lucca Scassa

It’s been over a year since Lucca Scassa last raced in World Superbike. Scassa’s last ride was at Imola SBK 2014, where the Pedercini Kawasaki ZX-10R pilot finished 13-14.

The trouble began following Imola, when Scassa suffered a crash while training for a MotoGP wildcard appearance. During the wreck, the Arezzo native fractured his right femur, preventing him from any further SBK races.

That is until now; during 2015 Misano World Superbike June 19-21, Scassi will pilot a third Racing – Ducati Superbike 1199 Panigale R alongside usual riders Davide Giugliano and Chaz Davies.

The 31-year-old is already familiar with the 1199 Panigale R; throughout 2015, he has been working as a test rider for Ducati Superbike development team.

Before his wreck, Scassa also competed in MotoGP and World Supersport; his best finish was a fifth in 2011 Supersport. Misano World Superbike will equal Scassa’s 58th start in World Superbike.

“It’s been a long year of recovery after my leg injury but finally it’s time to return to racing. Thanks to the work carried out for the Ducati test team, I’ve already had chance to ride the Panigale R and I can’t wait to race at Misano,” Scassa says.

“For now I’m not setting myself any particular objectives, but I am confident I’ll be able to do well considering the good feeling that the bike gave me during the last tests at Mugello. I’m also very pleased that I have the chance to wildcard in Italy, also because it will be the first time that I race a factory bike with a top team.”

Stefano Cecconi, Racing – Ducati Team Principal says: “It’s a great pleasure for us to have Luca on track as a third rider at the Misano round. With this wildcard we want to thank him and the test team for the great work that is continuously carried out, away from the spotlight but fundamental to the team.

“It will also be a good opportunity to collate further data and feedback in a real race situation. Finally, having another Italian rider on the Italian bike gives all of the fans and Ducatisti one more reason to come and enjoy the Superbike show at this second home round.”

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling.

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