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WorldSSP Assen Qualifying Results | Bulega snaps up pole in Ducati 1-2

Nicolo Bulega will start the third round of the 2023 WorldSSP Championship from pole position after timing his charge just right in qualifying at Assen.

The Italian - championship leader after two events following his double victory at the season opener in Australia - kept plugging on as conditions improved following morning rain, with his 1m 36.900secs lap coming on a dry track.

He was also the only rider to dip below 1m 37secs with second place man Federico Caricasulo ending the session two tenths down to complete a Ducati 1-2.


Leading Yamaha rider Glenn van Straalen completed the front row, just ahead of Valentin Debise, the Frenchman surging to fourth with his final flying lap despite a remonstration with Ten Kate's Stefano Manzi.

Can Oncu ran in provisional pole for a time until he folded the front-end of his Puccetti Kawasaki and it folded into Turn 1 with ten minutes remaining.

Nevertheless, the Turkish rider will start in fifth place, ahead of Italian trio Raffaele de Rosa, Yari Montella and Manzi, the Italian facing a challenge in eighth as pole man Bulge's closest title rival.

Marcel Schroetter was the best placed MV Agusta rider in ninth, while Jorge Navarro completed the top ten.

Best placed of the four British riders was Tom Booth-Amos, who is making his first appearance of the season on the Motozoo Kawasaki, in 17th, while Tarran Mackenzie continued to ride around the issues of Petronas MIE Honda CBR600RR in 21st position.

Behind them, Phillip Island podium winner John McPhee will start 25th, with Triumph's Harry Truelove 27th in the 31-strong field.

2023 WorldSSP Qualifying Results - Assen

2023 WorldSSP | Assen, Netherlands | Qualifying Results | Rd. 3 of 12]
1Nicolo BulegaITAAruba Racing WorldSSPDucati Panigale V21m 36.900
2Federico CaricasuloITAAlthea RacingDucati Panigale V21m 37.103
3Glenn van StraalenNEDEAB RacingYamaha R61m 37.588
4Valentin DebiseFRAGMT 94Yamaha R61m 37.593
5Can OncuTURPuccetti RacingKawasaki ZX-6R1m 37.634
6Raffaele de RosaITAOrelac Racing VerdnaturaDucati Panigale V21m 37.703
7Yari MontellaITABarni Spark RacingDucati Panigale V21m 37.789
8Stefano ManziITATen Kate RacingYamaha R61m 37.876
9Marcel SchroetterGERMV Agusta Reparto CorseMV Agusta F3 800 RR1m 37.878
10Jorge NavarroESPTen Kate RacingYamaha R61m 38.185
11Bahattin SofuogluTURMV Agusta Reparto CorseMV Agusta F3 800 RR1m 38.216
12Adrian HuertasESPMTM RacingKawasaki ZX-6R1m 38.231
13Niki TuuliFINDynavolt RacingTriumph STR 765 RS1m 38.349
14Nicholas SpinelliITAVFT RacingYamaha R61m 38.864
15Apiwath WongthananonTHAYamaha Thailand RacingYamaha R61m 38.999
16Andrea MantovaniITAEvan Bros WorldSSPYamaha R61m 39.076
17Tom Booth-AmosGBRMotozoo ME AIR RacingKawasaki ZX-6R1m 39.165
18Oliver BaylissAUSD34G RacingDucati Panigale V21m 39.400
19Federico FuligniITAOrelac Racing VerdnaturaDucati Panigale V21m 39.528
20Anupab SarmoonTHAYamaha Thailand RacingYamaha R61m 39.627
21Tarran MackenzieGBRPetronas MIE RacingHonda CBR600RR1m 39.715
22Max HoflerGERD34G RacingDucati Panigale V21m 39.727
23Tom EdwardsAUSYARTYamaha R61m 39.728
24Simone CorsiITAAltogo RacingYamaha R61m 39.746
25John McPheeGBRVince64 by PuccettiKawasaki ZX-6R1m 39.802
26Luke PowerAUSMotozoo ME AIR RacingKawasaki ZX-6R1m 39.981
27Harry TrueloveGBRDynavolt RacingTriumph STR 765 RS1m 40.353
28Adam NorrodinMALPetronas MIE RacingHonda CBR600RR1m 40.465
29Yuta OkayaJPNProDina RacingKawasaki ZX-6R1m 40.993
30Alvaro DiazESPArco YARTYamaha R61m 42.219
31Maiki AbeJPNVFT RacingYamaha R61m 42.298

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