WorldSBK: Nicolo Bulega to partner Alvaro Bautista in 2024

Published on September 5, 2023
By Luke Newman

Nicolo Bulega will move up to World Superbikes next season in the Racing – Ducati squad.

Nicolo Bulega entered the World Superbike (WorldSBK) paddock at the start of the 2022 season when he joined the Racing – Ducati Team in World Supersport. Currently the Italian is in his second year in the class and in the squad.

After 16 races so far this season Bulega has won nine and leads the Championship by 46 points, because of his results in World Supersport Ducati have decided to promote the 23-year-old to WorldSBK for the 2024 season.

Bulega will replace fellow Italian, Michael Ruben Rinaldi, in the Racing – Ducati squad, but he will partner reigning WorldSBK Champion and current WorldSBK Championship leader, Alvaro Bautista.

“I want to be honest: this is a dream come true,” said Nicolo Bulega. “Racing for an official team is the desire of every rider.

“Therefore, before I talk about my emotions and expectations, I want to thank Ducati and Racing. And I am also extremely grateful for the opportunity I was given already last season by and Feel Racing and especially by Stefano Cecconi, Serafino Foti and Daniele Casolari.

“They chose me to ride a fantastic Ducati Panigale V2, on which I felt immediately comfortable. I know how important this opportunity is and I will always give my best to improve myself, day after day, with the only goal of getting the best possible results. I say it again: thank you for the trust.

“Thinking about the history of this team, where great champions have always raced, I feel proud to be able to defend the same colours. Also, I am very happy to be able to share the box with Alvaro Bautista. Having him as a teammate will be a big plus: I will try to absorb every information I can learn from him.”

“We are pleased to welcome Nicolo Bulega to the official Superbike team,” added Ducati Corse General Manager, Luigi Dall’Igna.

“Since last season, Nicolo has been able to give us immense delight. He is a very talented rider, and his experience, despite his young age, could be a determining factor in facing this fascinating and demanding challenge.

“During the test held with the Ducati Panigale V4 R machine, he has shown that he has the potential to compete with the best riders in WorldSBK, and sharing the garage with Alvaro Bautista will only help him grow.

“However, it will be important for him to stay focused on his WorldSSP season. The Racing team had the merit last year to think about Bulega and involve him in a completely new project that Ducati cares so much about. We hope he can wrap up his last season in Supersport in the best possible way.”

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