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Donington Park WorldSSP Race 1 Results | Bulega untouchable to extend series lead

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Nicolo Bulega continued his march towards a potential first WorldSSP Championship title as he racked up his sixth victory of the season at Donington Park.

In the year that has seen Aruba.it Ducati take control of proceedings in both the WorldSBK and WorldSSP classes, Bulega followed up his team-mate Alvaro Bautista's victory in the 'big bike' race by enjoying a trouble-free run to victory in the intermediate ranks.

Leading from lights-to-flag, once Bulega had gotten the hole-shot into Reigate over the feuding Yari Montella and Stefano Manzi, he simply pulled clear to put more than a second between himself and opposition by the end of the opening lap.


Easing off in the closing stages, Bulega crossed the line +1.2s clear of Manzi in second place to stretch his lead over his countryman to 42 points.

While he didn't have the measure of Bulega, Manzi had his own edge over the rest of the pack by putting more than five seconds between himself and third place man Montella, who recovered from a difficult first few laps to catch and overhaul Federico Caricasulo to score his first podium of the year.

The fight for fifth came down to the wire, only to end in controversial circumstances, when Marcel Schroetter's lunge on Valentin Debise for the position instead just ran both wide at Goddards. Up to that stage Debise had produced a fine effort to haul himself up from outside the top ten to get into fifth, but was coming under pressure from the MV Agusta rider late on.

In the end, Debise was forced down to tenth within sight of the finish line, while Schroetter dropped to eighth as a result too.

In their place came Glenn van Straalen on the EAB Yamaha, with Adrian Huertas finishing as the top Kawasaki rider in sixth, with Raffaele de Rosa in seventh on the Orelac Ducati.

Tom Booth-Amos was another to benefit from the fracas, the leading Brit producing a fine performance to claw his way into contention from a low of 13th to cross the line ninth and take his best result of the year.

Elsewhere, Lucas Mahias dropped from fourth to 11th by the flag, with Jorge Navarro, Bahattin Sofuoglu, Tom Edwards and Niki Tuuli rounding out the points' paying positions.

Meanwhile, Rhys Irwin just missed out on scoring a point for the Astro JJR Suzuki team in 16th, though fellow wild-card Eugene McManus suffered a fiery exit on the Completely Motorbikes Triumph on lap one. Harry Truelove was another to retire, while Tarran Mackenzie failed to finish as well having run with Irwin for much of the race on the MIE Petronas Honda.

WorldSSP Donington Park | RACE 1 Results

2023 British WorldSSP | Donington Park | Race 1 Results | Rd. 6 of 12]
1Nicolo BulegaITAAruba Racing WorldSSPDucati Panigale V219 Laps
2Stefano ManziITATen Kate RacingYamaha R6+1.231
3Yari MontellaITABarni Spark RacingDucati Panigale V2+6.615
4Federico CaricasuloITAAlthea RacingDucati Panigale V2+10.903
5Glenn van StraalenNEDEAB RacingYamaha R6+17.833
6Adrian HuertasESPMTM RacingKawasaki ZX-6R+18.816
7Raffaele de RosaITAOrelac Racing VerdnaturaDucati Panigale V2+19.570
8Marcel SchroetterGERMV Agusta Reparto CorseMV Agusta F3 800 RR+19.986
9Tom Booth-AmosGBRMotozoo ME AIR RacingKawasaki ZX-6R+20.089
10Valentin DebiseFRAGMT94Yamaha R6"+20.272
11Lucas MahiasFRAPuccetti RacingKawasaki ZX-6R+22.074
12Jorge NavarroESPTen Kate RacingYamaha R6+27.357
13Bahattin SofuogluTURMV Agusta Reparto CorseMV Agusta F3 800 RR+31.152
14Tom EdwardsAUSYARTYamaha R6+33.009
15Niki TuuliFINDynavolt RacingTriumph STR 765 RS+39.749
16Rhys IrwinGBRAstro JJRSuzuki GSX-R750+44.593
17Andy VerdoiaFRAYamaha Thailand RacingYamaha R6+45.589
18Jack KennedyIRLEvan Bros WorldSSPYamaha R6+1m >
19Federico FuligniITAOrelac Racing VerdnaturaDucati Panigale V2+1m >
20John McPheeGBRVince64 by PuccettiKawasaki ZX-6R+1m >
21Yuta OkayaJPNProDina RacingKawasaki ZX-6R+1m >
22Luke PowerAUSMotozoo ME AIR RacingKawasaki ZX-6R+1m >
23Max KoflerGERD34G RacingDucati Panigale V2+1m >
DNFNicholas SpinelliITAVFT RacingYamaha R6
DNFTarran MackenzieGBRPetronas MIE RacingHonda CBR600RR
DNFAlvaro DiazESPArco YARTYamaha R6
DNFAnupab SarmoonTHAYamaha Thailand RacingYamaha R6
DNFAdam NorrodinMALPetronas MIE RacingHonda CBR600RR
DNFHarry TrueloveGBRDynavolt RacingTriumph STR 765 RS
DNFEugene McManusIRLCompletely MotorbikesTriumph STR 765 RS
DNSOliver BaylissAUSD34G RacingDucati Panigale V2
DNSMaiki AbeJPNVFT RacingYamaha R6

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