“I hope my rivals are worried!” – Nicolo Bulega fires a warning shot at his WorldSBK rivals

Published on January 25, 2024
By Luke Newman

Nicolo Bulega stole the show on both days at the Jerez World Superbike Test as the WorldSBK Rookie found his way to the top of the time sheets on both days.

Nicolo Bulega topped the times in Spain two days in a row, but on the second day he did it by going under the official lap record by a huge four tenths as he became the first, and only, rider to lap in the 1’37s during the test.

Speaking about the test as a whole and the lap record pace the World Supersport Champion had this to say: “It was a solid test. We tried something that I liked. The time attack was very good and the pace was good all day with the race tyres.

“I’m happy with the work we’ve done during the first test of the year, and we’ll work hard for the next one. The lap time makes me very proud and very happy. The first test was incredible, and I already have a very nice feeling. The lap was obviously not easy to do. When I saw a 1’37.8s on my dash, I was smiling!”

The Italian rider clearly has stellar one lap pace on the Ducati Panigal V4R and was making inroads on his race pace during day two, but he would not change his goals ahead of this season: “It’s just a test! It doesn’t change anything. I’m still a rookie, I just want to enjoy my first season in WorldSBK.”

Bulega then looked ahead towards next weeks Portimao test: “I think there’s nothing special at Portimao, just to continue on this way and always getting better with my bike. I feel quite ready. Yesterday not too much, but today with the race tyre, I improved a lot and I think we can do well. I hope my rivals are worried! At the moment, I’m not sure, but I hope so!”


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