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Jerez WorldSSP Race 1 | Bulega untouchable once again for 15th win of 2023 WorldSSP season

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Nicolo Bulega, Aruba.it Racing, Ducati Panigale V2, 2023 WorldSSP, Jerez, action [Gold & Goose]

Nicolo Bulega extended his victory tally to 15 victories from the 2023 WorldSSP Championship season as he kicked off the finale in Jerez with a dominant run to the flag.

The Italian, who was crowned WorldSSP Champion last time out at Portimao, was untroubled upon grabbing the hole-shot from pole position into Turn 1, Bulega simply multiplying his advantage over the 17 laps to leave his rivals fighting it out for the remaining positions.

Indeed, Bulega - who will step up to WorldSBK with champions Aruba.it Racing next season - demanded little airtime as he streaked out in front, with the battles behind him instead commanding the majority of the attention.


That meant focusing on an engrossing tussle for second between Stefano Manzi and Federico Caricasulo that would eventually go the way of the former.

Indeed, though a poor start left Manzi trailing in sixth place initially, the Ten Kate Yamaha rider worked his way through to second place at the mid-way point.

To his credit though, Caricasulo stuck with his countryman for the remainder of the race, even popping through on the run down to Turn 5 on the penultimate lap, only to run wide and allow Manzi back through to a second place he’d hold to the flag.

Jorge Navarro made late gains to catch and pass Valentin Debise for fourth and fifth respectively, while Adrian Huertas flew the flag for Kawasaki with his run to sixth.

Raffaele de Rosa enjoyed a lonely run to seventh on the Orelac Ducati, while Lorenzo Dalla Porta came out top of an entertaining scrap for eighth, the Evan Bros Yamaha rider beating Triumph’s Niki Tuuli and EAB Yamaha’s Glenn van Straalen across the line by less than half-a-second.

It had been a four-way fight for eighth but plucky wild-card Yeray Ruiz - having just passed Dalla Porta - would throw it away on the final lap with a last lap crash.

Elsewhere, MV Agusta endured a horrible race with Marcel Schroetter crashing early on, the German laying it down at Turn 5 before moments later Bahattin Sofuoglu did exactly the same at the same bend. Though they’d get up and running again, they could only recover to 15th and 16th respectively.

Jerez WorldSSP | Race 1 Results

2023 Spain WorldSSP | Jerez | Race 1 Results | Round 12 of 12
1Nicolo Bulega🇮🇹Aruba RacingDucati Panigale V217 Laps
2Stefano Manzi🇮🇹Ten Kate RacingYamaha R6+4.892
3Federico Caricasulo🇮🇹Althea RacingDucati Panigale V2+4.931
4Jorge Navarro🇪🇦Ten Kate RacingYamaha R6+8.335
5Valentin Debise🇨🇵GMT94Yamaha R6+8.390
6Adrian Huertas🇪🇦MTM RacingKawasaki ZX-6R+11.557
7Raffaele de Rosa🇮🇹Orelac Racing VerdnaturaDucati Panigale V2+13.055
8Lorenzo Dalla Porta🇮🇹Evan Bros. TeamYamaha R6+21.083
9Niki Tuuli🇫🇮PTR RacingTriumph STR 765 RS+21.234
10Glenn van Straalen🇳🇱EAB RacingYamaha R6+21.563
11Can Oncu🇹🇷Puccetti RacingKawasaki ZX-6R+26.690
12Simone Corsi🇮🇹Altogo Racing TeamYamaha R6+30.538
13Ondrej Vostatek🇵🇱PTR RacingTriumph STR 765 RS+31.920
14Anupab Sarmoon🇹🇭Yamaha Thailand RacingYamaha R6+37.815
15Marcel Schroetter🇩🇪MV Agusta Reparto CorseMV Agusta F3 800 RR+41.236
16Bahattin Sofuoglu🇹🇷MV Agusta Reparto CorseMV Agusta F3 800 RR+46.087
17Apiwath Wongthananon🇹🇭Yamaha Thailand RacingYamaha R6+47.175
18Oli Bayliss🇦🇺D34G RacingDucati Panigale V2+47.402
19Tarran Mackenzie🇬🇧Petronas MIE RacingHonda CBR600RR+48.310
20Leonardo Taccini🇮🇹Vince64 by PuccettiKawasaki ZX-6R+55.720
21Khairul Idham Bin Pawi🇲🇾Petronas MIE RacingHonda CBR600RR+57.205
22Jose Luis Perez Gonzalez🇪🇦D34G RacingDucati Panigale V2+ 1min >
23Alvaro Diaz🇪🇦VFT RacingYamaha R6+ 1min >
24Federico Fuligni🇮🇹Orelac Racing VerdnaturaDucati Panigale V2+ 1min >
DNFYeray Ruiz🇪🇦MDR OfftecYamaha R6
DNFMiguel Pons🇪🇦Zeus MotorsportYamaha R6
DNFMelvin van der Voort🇳🇱Team SWPNYamaha R6
DNFGabriele Giannini🇮🇹ProDina RacingKawasaki ZX-6R
DNFIbrahim Norrodin🇲🇾Petronas MIE RacingHonda CBR600RR
DNFYari Montella🇮🇹Barni Spark RacingDucati Panigale V2
DNFEmanuele Pusceddi🇮🇹J.Angel by EdafosYamaha R6
DNSNicholas Spinelli🇮🇹VFT RacingYamaha R6

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