Bulega Leaps to the Top at World Superbike Season Opener

February 23, 2024Ray Milton

Nicolo Bulega (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati) played spoiler for the first World Superbike race of the season. The pre season pace of Bulega has shown to be amongst the best on grid. In some cases Bulega topped all of the grid veterans. Today he solidified his presence in the championship with a win in his first World Superbike race. Bulega lead the Italian riders who dominated in race one with Andrea Locatelli (Pata Prometeon Yamaha) and Andrea Iannone (Team GoEleven) finishing in second and third respectively. It was the first time in World Superbike history that two rookie riders finished 1-2 in their debut event.

After securing P1 in Superpole Bulega put on a masterclass to finish first. The win is already a change to last season with Bulega’s Aruba.it Racing teammate and 2023 World Superbike champion Alvaro Bautista, winning the majority of the races in 2023. The Superpole race and Race 2 are up next. After round 1 at the conclusion of the race weekend we will analysis on where the teams stand.

Full Race 1 Results are Below

111N. BULEGADucati Panigale V4R 
255A. LOCATELLIYamaha YZF R12.280
329A. IANNONEDucati Panigale V4R2.630
422A. LOWESKawasaki ZX-10RR4.728
677D. AEGERTERYamaha YZF R18.333
760M. VAN DER MARKBMW M 1000 RR8.647
89D. PETRUCCIDucati Panigale V4R9.965
931G. GERLOFFBMW M 1000 RR11.699
1097X. VIERGEHonda CBR1000 RR-R12.423
11 45S. REDDINGBMW M 1000 RR14.413
1247A. BASSANIKawasaki ZX-10RR16.668
1314S. LOWESDucati Panigale V4R18.388
1421M. RINALDIDucati Panigale V4R23.560
151A. BAUTISTADucati Panigale V4R32.471
165P. OETTLYamaha YZF R135.580
1765J. REAYamaha YZF R137.949
1853T. RABATKawasaki ZX-10RR39.427
1995T. MACKENZIEHonda CBR1000 RR-R54.890
2027A. NORRODINHonda CBR1000 RR-R57.202
2128B. RAYYamaha YZF R158.642
RET87R. GARDNERYamaha YZF R118 Laps