Luca Scassa will make his MotoGP debut this weekend when he stands in for the injured Karel Abraham during the Aragon Grand Prix with the Czech rider ruled out with an injury.
The Czech rider isn’t fit enough to ride his Cardion AB ART, due to a shoulder injury he picked up in Indy, which now requires surgery. With Abraham subsequently being ruled out for the rest of the season, they have called upon the service of the Supersport Italian.
The 30-year-old Scassa will be leaving his Intermoto Kawasaki team, after stints in World Superbike and British Superbike, the Italian will now race in MotoGP.
Scassa is scheduled to be a one off event, with it being an “off weekend” from his WSS races, but without a chance of winning the title, and if he impresses, he could be signed up to finish the season with the Czech team.
“Luca has ridden more than fifty races in WSBK and he has enough experiences to run on the MotoGP bike and to jump to the championship,” said team owner Karel Abraham Sr.
“It was important for us to find a rider, who can manage so specific a machine as the MotoGP bike is and who knows the circuits where next five races will take place. The first race waiting for us is next weekend in Aragon, where Luca achieved this year’s best result in WSS.
“Our aim is to get Luca feel comfortable with the bike and try to improve the lap time step by step during the weekend. Then we will decide if we will continue together also in remaining races.”