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WorldSSP Assen Race 2 Results | Bulega stretches legs in Assen double

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]
1Nicolo BulegaITAAruba Racing WorldSSPDucati Panigale V218 Laps
2Stefano ManziITATen Kate RacingYamaha R6+4.437
3Federico CaricasuloITAAlthea RacingDucati Panigale V2+4.523
4Marcel SchroetterGERMV Agusta Reparto CorseMV Agusta F3 800 RR+5.088
5Niki TuuliFINDynavolt RacingTriumph STR 765 RS+10.864
6Valentin DebiseFRAGMT 94Yamaha R6+11.068
7Jorge NavarroESPTen Kate RacingYamaha R6+13.078
8Raffaele de RosaITAOrelac Racing VerdnaturaDucati Panigale V2+13.485
9Adrian HuertasESPMTM RacingKawasaki ZX-6R+17.103
10Glenn van StraalenNEDEAB RacingYamaha R6+20.074
11Tom Booth-AmosGBRMotozoo ME AIR RacingKawasaki ZX-6R+20.518
12Andrea MantovaniITAEvan Bros WorldSSPYamaha R6+20.997
13Simone CorsiITAAltogo RacingYamaha R6+24.862
14Nicholas SpinelliITAVFT RacingYamaha R6+32.942
15Tom EdwardsAUSYARTYamaha R6+39.344
16Apiwath WongthananonTHAYamaha Thailand RacingYamaha R6+39.469
17John McPheeGBRVince64 by PuccettiKawasaki ZX-6R+43.397
18Anupab SarmoonTHAYamaha Thailand RacingYamaha R6+43.448
19Max KoflerGERD34G RacingDucati Panigale V2+45.889
20Tarran MackenzieGBRPetronas MIE RacingHonda CBR600RR+45.964
21Harry TrueloveGBRDynavolt RacingTriumph STR 765 RS+51.575
22Adam NorrodinMALPetronas MIE RacingHonda CBR600RR+52.391
23Yuta OkayaJPNProDina RacingKawasaki ZX-6R+57.874
24Federico FuligniITAOrelac Racing VerdnaturaDucati Panigale V2
DNFBahattin SofuogluTURMV Agusta Reparto CorseMV Agusta F3 800 RR
DNFLuke PowerAUSMotozoo ME AIR RacingKawasaki ZX-6R
DNFCan OncuTURPuccetti RacingKawasaki ZX-6R
DNFYari MontellaITABarni Spark RacingDucati Panigale V2
DNSOliver BaylissAUSD34G RacingDucati Panigale V2
DNSMaiki AbeJPNVFT RacingYamaha R6
DNSAlvaro DiazESPArco YARTYamaha R6

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