Italian joins BSB's most successful rookie for the 2012 season
PADGETTS HONDA has announced their ambitious line-up as they step up to the British Superbike championship with the signing of Luca Scassa and Ian Lowry.
Scassa - nicknamed 'The Rocker' - joins the BSB series after a season in the World Supersport championship for the ParkinGO Yamaha, the Italian scored three race wins and fifth place overall.
"I am very happy about joining BSB, I am looking forward to this new experience and now I can't wait to join the championship." Scassa said, "I know some of the tracks already, but of all of them I am most looking forward to Cadwell Park; I have seen the photos of Josh Brookes and I really want to go there! I had the chance to race in WSB and WSS but I am not very old and I like to do something different. I think racing in BSB will give me a better chance in the future; we have seen it in the past with riders like John Hopkins and Jonathan Rea. I have raced with Shakey, Hill and Haga before; they are all strong, fast riders and there are many of those in BSB.
"I think at the moment in my career I feel that I am near the top of my riding style and if I can find a good feeling with the Padgetts Honda then we should have good results."
Lowry joins Padgetts Honda after an 2011 season that saw the Ulsterman ride for the Buildbase BMW and MSS Colchester Kawasaki teams. He made his BSB debut in 2009 with the Relentless Suzuki squad, finishing his impressive rookie year in fifth.
Lowry said: "It is great for me to be back in BSB and I feel this will be a good season for me. The Padgetts team have a huge amount of experience with a proven track record and also the enthusiasm to match. I need to show everyone my true potential this season and this is a great opportunity for me.
"It is good to be with Honda this year as with the rule changes I think it will be a fantastic package; in past seasons I have always been envious of how good the chassis is straight out of the crate and it should lend itself well to the new regulations. It should throw up a few surprises and I am really up for the new challenge."
Run by Clive Padgett, the team are one of the most iconic in British motorcycle sport history, having raced across a variety of championships including 250cc and 500cc Grand Prixs, British Supersport, National Superstock and the Isle of Man TT.
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