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Portimao WorldSSP, Qualifying | Champion-elect Bulega sets himself up with ninth pole

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

Nicolo Bulega set himself up nicely into his burgeoning coronation for the 2023 WorldSSP Championship title as he reeled off yet another dominant pole position in Portimao.

A ninth pole position in 11 attempts, Bulega’s vast half-second lead over second place man Stefano Manzi only served to emphasise his imperious form on the Aruba Ducati Panigale V2 this season.

In the context of the championship, Bulega takes a 15 point lead over Manzi into the first of the weekend’s two WorldSSP races this afternoon. As such, even if Bulega wins both races, if Manzi finishes second in each encounter then he will keep the title fight alive to the season finale in Jerez.


However, if Bulega wins and Manzi finishes off the podium in either race, it is the Italian who will walk away with the title with a round in hand.

Nevertheless, Manzi in second kept up some pressure on Bulega, the Ten Kate Yamaha rider slotted between another Ducati belonging to Yari Montella on the Barni Spark machine.

A strong session all around for Ten Kate Racing, Jorge Navarro enjoyed his strong qualifying of the season in fourth place, the ex-Moto2 rider sharing row two with Valentin Debise and Tom Edwards, the Australian surprising in sixth on the YART Yamaha R6.

Elsewhere, Tom Booth-Amos - who is sacrificing his British Supersport title aspirations this weekend in order to secure the points he needs to win the WorldSSP Cup - will start in 13th place on his Motozoo Kawasaki, while John McPhee qualified 19th in what is his second appearance of the season with D34G Ducati.

Finally, Tarran Mackenzie brought out a late red flag when he crashed at Turn 13 with just over three minutes of the session remaining. The 2021 BSB Champion starts 25th.

2023 Portimao WorldSSP | Portimao | Qualifying Results | Round 11 of 12
Pos.RiderNatTeamMotorcycleLap Time
1Nicolo Bulega🇮🇹Aruba RacingDucati Panigale V21m 42.769
2Stefano Manzi🇮🇹Ten Kate RacingYamaha R61m 43.292
3Yari Montella🇮🇹Barni Spark RacingDucati Panigale V21m 43.504
4Jorge Navarro🇪🇦Ten Kate RacingYamaha R61m 43.541
5Valentin Debise🇨🇵GMT94Yamaha R61m 43.553
6Tom Edwards🇦🇺YARTYamaha R61m 43.649
7Marcel Schroetter🇩🇪MV Agusta Reparto CorseMV Agusta F3 800 RR1m 43.690
8Glenn van Straalen🇳🇱EAB RacingYamaha R61m 43.726
9Can Oncu🇹🇷Puccetti RacingKawasaki ZX-6R1m 43.735
10Federico Caricasulo🇮🇹Althea RacingDucati Panigale V21m 43.860
11Lorenzo Dalla Porta🇮🇹Evan Bros. TeamYamaha R61m 43.866
12Adrian Huertas🇪🇦MTM RacingKawasaki ZX-6R1m 43.928
13Tom Booth-Amos🇬🇧Motozoo RacingKawasaki ZX-6R1m 44.066
14Raffaele de Rosa🇮🇹Orelac Racing VerdnaturaDucati Panigale V21m 44.179
15Niki Tuuli🇫🇮PTR RacingTriumph STR 765 RS1m 44.366
16Yeray Ruiz🇪🇦MDR OfftecYamaha R61m 44.369
17Bahattin Sofuoglu🇹🇷MV Agusta Reparto CorseMV Agusta F3 800 RR1m 44.531
18Ondrej Vostatek🇵🇱PTR RacingTriumph STR 765 RS1m 44.758
19John McPhee🇬🇧D34G RacingDucati Panigale V21m 45.106
20Federico Fuligni🇮🇹Orelac Racing VerdnaturaDucati Panigale V21m 45.154
21Max Kofler🇦🇹D34G RacingDucati Panigale V21m 45.507
22Twan Smits🇳🇱Yamaha Thailand RacingYamaha R61m 45.603
23Anupab Sarmoon🇹🇭Yamaha Thailand RacingYamaha R61m 45.651
24Alvaro Diaz🇪🇦Arco YARTYamaha R61m 45.692
25Tarran Mackenzie🇬🇧Petronas MIE RacingHonda CBR600RR1m 45.765
26Luke Power🇦🇺Motozoo RacingKawasaki ZX-6R1m 45.901
27Andrea Migno🇮🇹Petronas MIE RacingHonda CBR600RR1m 46.068
28Yuta Okaya🇯🇵ProDina RacingKawasaki ZX-6R1m 46.200
29Leonardo Taccini🇮🇹Vince64 by PuccettiKawasaki ZX-6R1m 46.334
30Ibrahim Norrodin🇲🇾Petronas MIE RacingHonda CBR600RR1m 46.539
31Maiki Abe🇯🇵VFT RacingYamaha R61m 48.129
WNicholas Spinelli🇮🇹VFT RacingYamaha R6

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