Nicolo Bulega put the 2023 WorldSSP Championship title within easy reach for next weekend’s penultimate round in Portugal after reeling off his second consecutive double win at Aragon.
Following on from his pair of wins last time out at Magny-Cours, Bulega was again a league beyond his competitors as he succeeded in protecting the lead into Turn 1 from pole position before sprinting clear.
The race itself was brought to a premature conclusion just a few corners shy of the scheduled chequered flag due to an incident involving Performance Technical Racing’s Niki Tuuli, the Finn losing control of his Triumph STR765 after getting loose on the exit of Turn 7 before being flicked into off the bike and into the barriers.
It meant Bulega’s winning margin was counted at +2.2s over Stefano Manzi, who kept the title race alive for at least another race by finishing second.
Indeed, Manzi’s 11th place finish in Race 1 - the consequence of a mistake on the final lap - meant Bulega came into the second encounter with a mathematical chance to wrap up the title in Spain.
While that wouldn’t come to pass, his win ensures an 85 point lead heading to Portimao, thus making a top six results in either race sufficient for the crown, no matter how Manzi performs.
Behind Manzi, Federico Caricasulo picked up the final podium position, the Althea Ducati rider running second initially before being overhauled by the Ten Kate Yamaha man early on.
He was still quick enough to keep the MV Agusta front-line at bay, Bahattin Sofuoflu this time leading Marcel Schroetter in fourth and fifth respectively, while Jorge Navarro - who had been tussling with Tuuli at the time of his accident - rounded out the top six.
Further back, Tom Booth-Amos ran inside the top ten initially before fading to 11th place, while John McPhee notched up his first points with the D34G Ducati team in 13th position. Tarran Mackenzie was 22nd.
|2023 Aragon WorldSSP | Motorland Aragon | Race 2 Results | Rd. 10 of 12]|
|1||Nicolo Bulega||🇮🇹||Aruba Racing||Ducati Panigale V2||14 Laps|
|2||Stefano Manzi||🇮🇹||Ten Kate Racing||Yamaha R6||+2.160|
|3||Federico Caricasulo||🇮🇹||Althea Racing||Ducati Panigale V2||+2.913|
|4||Bahattin Sofuoglu||🇹🇷||MV Agusta Reparto Corse||MV Agusta F3 800 RR||+3.906|
|5||Marcel Schroetter||🇩🇪||MV Agusta Reparto Corse||MV Agusta F3 800 RR||+4.378|
|6||Jorge Navarro||🇪🇦||Ten Kate Racing||Yamaha R6||+7.688|
|7||Valentin Debise||🇨🇵||GMT94||Yamaha R6||-|
|8||Yari Montella||🇮🇹||Barni Spark Racing||Ducati Panigale V2||-|
|9||Raffaele de Rosa||🇮🇹||Orelac Racing Verdnatura||Ducati Panigale V2||-|
|10||Nicholas Spinelli||🇮🇹||VFT Racing||Yamaha R6||-|
|11||Tom Booth-Amos||🇬🇧||Motozoo Racing||Kawasaki ZX-6R||-|
|12||Ondrej Vostatek||🇵🇱||PTR Racing||Triumph STR 765 RS||-|
|13||John McPhee||🇦🇹||D34G Racing||Ducati Panigale V2||-|
|14||Tom Edwards||🇦🇺||YART||Yamaha R6||-|
|15||Yeray Ruiz||🇪🇦||MDR Offtec||Yamaha R6||-|
|16||Alvaro Diaz||🇪🇦||Arco YART||Yamaha R6||-|
|17||Can Oncu||🇹🇷||Puccetti Racing||Kawasaki ZX-6R||-|
|18||Anupab Sarmoon||🇹🇭||Yamaha Thailand Racing||Yamaha R6||-|
|19||Federico Fuligni||🇮🇹||Orelac Racing Verdnatura||Ducati Panigale V2||-|
|20||Max Kofler||🇦🇹||D34G Racing||Ducati Panigale V2||-|
|21||Luke Power||🇦🇺||Motozoo Racing||Kawasaki ZX-6R||-|
|22||Tarran Mackenzie||🇬🇧||Petronas MIE Racing||Honda CBR600RR||-|
|23||Adam Norrodin||🇲🇾||Petronas MIE Racing||Honda CBR600RR||+1 Lap|
|24||Yuta Okaya||🇯🇵||ProDina Racing||Kawasaki ZX-6R||+1 Lap|
|25||Leonardo Taccini||🇮🇹||Vince64 by Puccetti||Kawasaki ZX-6R||+1 Lap|
|DNF||Niki Tuuli||🇫🇮||PTR Racing||Triumph STR 765 RS|
|DNF||Lorenzo Dalla Porta||🇮🇹||Evan Bros. Team||Yamaha R6|
|DNF||Adrian Huertas||🇪🇦||MTM Racing||Kawasaki ZX-6R|
|DNF||Glenn van Straalen||🇳🇱||EAB Racing||Yamaha R6|
|DNS||Hector Garzo||🇪🇦||Yamaha Thailand Racing||Yamaha R6|
|DNS||Maiki Abe||🇯🇵||VFT Racing||Yamaha R6|
|DNS||Julian Giral||🇪🇦||Ducati Zaragoza||Ducati Panigale V2|
|* Red Flag - Results called at time of stoppage|