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Bulega: "It's a special day!"
For Italian fans the images in their memory remain sharp: It’s the Grand Prix of Spain in Jerez and Nicolo Bulega (SKY Racing Team VR46) has just emulated his master, Valentino Rossi, with an incredible last corner pass to take second place and his first podium. Nicolo Bulega has already shown incredible skill and speed in his rookie season, taking pole in Jerez and starting out the front in Assen. KTM frequently call upon him for tests and between those duties the 17 year old sat down with motogp.com.
How is testing with KTM is Misano been?
“Unfortunately I had a bad fall which has stopped me making the most of the two days. I hurt my elbow, fortunately I do not have any fractures but there’s several bruises. I got back in the saddle the next day and worked on what I could. We tested some new solutions, the feelings are positive and we’re ready to charge in Germany.”
Second place in Jerez has been your best result so far in your debut season, what do you remember about the spectacular move you made? Will we see you again on the podium soon?
“It was a great weekend for me and the whole team, to get to the fourth race and as a rookie take pole and a podium is amazing. A great achievement for me, my family and the VR46 Academy. Without their support I would never have arrived in the World Championship. Binder was really strong, to start from the back and win is incredible. I was fighting with Bagnaia and Navarro for the podium on the last lap and I gave everything. I knew I could risk it in the last corner: I closed my eyes and let go of the brakes!”
With the German GP we begin a new stage of the season, the latter half of the year is just on the horizon...
“I am a rookie and I have never run on most of the tracks so it’s tough. I took pole and a podium, then a front row in Assen and I’ve been in or near the top five on several occasions. A nice start.
“Sachsenring is another track where I have never raced. As with the other tracks, I’ll have to take advantage of Friday to become more familiar with the lines and corners. I am comfortable on the KTM and therefore confident. If you work hard in free practice, you can fight with the top guys in the race.”
And in 2017? What does it hold?
“In Assen I renewed my contract with the SKY Racing Team VR46 for two more seasons. I am really happy: the team is good and I have the opportunity to work with professionals and in a familiar atmosphere. Next year I will compete in Moto3 and hopefully we can be closer to the front and fighting for wins.”
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