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Bulega: “This is a special day”

Bulega: “This is a special day”

Rookie Nicolo Bulega rode like a champion in Jerez to secure his first podium with an expert last corner move.

The Gran Premio Red Bull de España was already a very special weekend for Nicolo Bulega, the Italian having secured his first pole position in just his fifth Moto3™ World Championship appearance. As the 2015 Moto3™ Junior World Champion, big things were expected of Bulega and he went about delivering them on Sunday in Jerez. From pole he made a strong start and was immediately locked in a three-way battle for victory with Jorge Navarro (Estrella Galicia 0,0) and Francesco Bagnaia (Aspar Mahindra Team Moto3). Bulega’s size worked against him down the straights, but he fought back under the brakes and never let the riders ahead get away. Try as he might, Bulega was unable to stick with Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Ajo) who flew past the trio on his way to a miraculous win from last.

In true Jerez style it all came down to the last corner. A great run through the Alex Criville and Ferrari corners set him up perfect for a move into Turn 13, Bulega expertly blocking the inside line and rocketing to second place. Fellow former Moto3™ Junior World Champion, Fabio Quartararo (Leopard Racing) made a similar move in 2015 during his rookie season that almost ended in disaster. No such issues for Bulega. There were definitely shades of his mentor Valentino Rossi in Bulega through Turn 13 and no doubt a sign of things to come now the championship is in Europe and on tracks he knows.

Nicolo Bulega: “I watch a lot of videos from last year and I don’t know. I’m really really happy and this is my first podium and this is a special day and for the team and my family. I’m really happy!”

Moto3, 2016, GRAN PREMIO RED BULL DE ESPAÑA, RAC, Nicolo Bulega, SKY Racing Team VR46

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