Nicolo Bulega strengthened his grip on the 2023 WorldSSP Championship as he completed another double victory with ease at Assen.
Complementing his Aruba.it Ducati counterpart Alvaro Bautista - winner in two of this weekend's WorldSBK races thus far - Bulega mirrored his race one rout by assuming the lead before the end of the opening lap before the Italian eased clear of the squabbles pack behind him.
A fourth win of the season - as well as another double to join his two successes in the Australian opener - Bulega extends his advantage out front to 37 points over Stefano Manzi, who trailed him in a distant second position.
Starting from pole position, Bulega was beaten into Turn 1 by fellow Ducati rider Federico Caricasulo, both riders fortunate not to get wrapped up in a vicious accident right behind when a wayward Yari Montella got out of shape under braking and struck into the side of Can Oncu's Puccetti Kawasaki.
Sending both barrelling through the gravel trap, despite some nasty richochets off the bikes as they came down, both Montella and Oncu were able to walk away from the incident.
Back at the front, Bulega quickly put his countryman under pressure, finding a gap to slither alongside through Hoge Heide before completing his pass for the lead into the Geert Timmer chicane.
From here Bulega was never bothered again with Caricasulo descending into his own feisty scrap for second, first with Glenn van Straalen and then with Manzi.
Indeed, with Bulega pulling clear, it was the exchange for the remaining podium spots that held attention with van Straalen getting the Dutch fans onto their feet by picking his way past Caricasulo for second on lap two.
However, he wouldn't hold it for long with Manzi - himself representing Dutch honours via the Ten Kate Yamaha team - and Caricasulo coming back through the following lap before the local hero's afternoon was hampered further following a tangle with Bahattin Sofuoglu at the final corner.
The young Turk was enjoying a strong run on the MV Agusta as he shadowed more experienced team-mate Marcel Schroetter, but after getting off line at the Geert Timmer chicane, a nudge from van Straalen tipped the F3 800 RR into a high-side to put Sofuoglu out of the race.
Punching a gap between the fight for second and fourth place Schroetter, Caricasulo and Manzi resumed their personal tussle until the latter's neat pass into Strubben proved decisive for second.
With Caricasulo making it an all-Italian podium, MV Agusta's Schroetter gamely worked down the gap to the top three but would be forced to settle for fourth by the flag, ahead of Niki Tuuli, the Finn getting the edge on Valentin Debise to complete the top five.
Jorge Navarro notched up his best result of the season aboard the second of the Ten Kate Yamahas, ahead of Raffaele de Rosa and the fading van Straalen in tenth.
Top Brit Tom Booth-Amos emerged just shy of the top ten with a hard-fought ride to 11th, with Andrea Mantovani, Simone Corsi, Nicholas Spinelli and Tom Edwards completing the points' paying positions.
Of the remaining Brits, John McPhee bounces back from his race one crash to finish 18th, with Tarran Mackenzie (Petronas MIE Honda) and Harry Truelove (Dynavolt Triumph) line astern in 20th and 21st respectively.
2023 WorldSSP Race 2 Results - Assen
|2023 WorldSSP | Assen, Netherlands | Race 2 Results | Rd. 3 of 12]|
|1||Nicolo Bulega||ITA||Aruba Racing WorldSSP||Ducati Panigale V2||18 Laps|
|2||Stefano Manzi||ITA||Ten Kate Racing||Yamaha R6||+4.437|
|3||Federico Caricasulo||ITA||Althea Racing||Ducati Panigale V2||+4.523|
|4||Marcel Schroetter||GER||MV Agusta Reparto Corse||MV Agusta F3 800 RR||+5.088|
|5||Niki Tuuli||FIN||Dynavolt Racing||Triumph STR 765 RS||+10.864|
|6||Valentin Debise||FRA||GMT 94||Yamaha R6||+11.068|
|7||Jorge Navarro||ESP||Ten Kate Racing||Yamaha R6||+13.078|
|8||Raffaele de Rosa||ITA||Orelac Racing Verdnatura||Ducati Panigale V2||+13.485|
|9||Adrian Huertas||ESP||MTM Racing||Kawasaki ZX-6R||+17.103|
|10||Glenn van Straalen||NED||EAB Racing||Yamaha R6||+20.074|
|11||Tom Booth-Amos||GBR||Motozoo ME AIR Racing||Kawasaki ZX-6R||+20.518|
|12||Andrea Mantovani||ITA||Evan Bros WorldSSP||Yamaha R6||+20.997|
|13||Simone Corsi||ITA||Altogo Racing||Yamaha R6||+24.862|
|14||Nicholas Spinelli||ITA||VFT Racing||Yamaha R6||+32.942|
|15||Tom Edwards||AUS||YART||Yamaha R6||+39.344|
|16||Apiwath Wongthananon||THA||Yamaha Thailand Racing||Yamaha R6||+39.469|
|17||John McPhee||GBR||Vince64 by Puccetti||Kawasaki ZX-6R||+43.397|
|18||Anupab Sarmoon||THA||Yamaha Thailand Racing||Yamaha R6||+43.448|
|19||Max Kofler||GER||D34G Racing||Ducati Panigale V2||+45.889|
|20||Tarran Mackenzie||GBR||Petronas MIE Racing||Honda CBR600RR||+45.964|
|21||Harry Truelove||GBR||Dynavolt Racing||Triumph STR 765 RS||+51.575|
|22||Adam Norrodin||MAL||Petronas MIE Racing||Honda CBR600RR||+52.391|
|23||Yuta Okaya||JPN||ProDina Racing||Kawasaki ZX-6R||+57.874|
|24||Federico Fuligni||ITA||Orelac Racing Verdnatura||Ducati Panigale V2|
|DNF||Bahattin Sofuoglu||TUR||MV Agusta Reparto Corse||MV Agusta F3 800 RR|
|DNF||Luke Power||AUS||Motozoo ME AIR Racing||Kawasaki ZX-6R|
|DNF||Can Oncu||TUR||Puccetti Racing||Kawasaki ZX-6R|
|DNF||Yari Montella||ITA||Barni Spark Racing||Ducati Panigale V2|
|DNS||Oliver Bayliss||AUS||D34G Racing||Ducati Panigale V2|
|DNS||Maiki Abe||JPN||VFT Racing||Yamaha R6|
|DNS||Alvaro Diaz||ESP||Arco YART||Yamaha R6|