WorldSBK: Rookie Bulega Breaks Lap Record, Takes Pole Position At Phillip Island

WorldSBK: Rookie Bulega Breaks Lap Record, Takes Pole Position At Phillip Island

© 2024, Roadracing World Publishing, Inc. By David Swarts.

Rookie sensation Nicolo Bulega took pole position during World Superbike Superpole qualifying Saturday at Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, in Australia. Riding his Racing Ducati Panigale V4 R on the newly repaved track, Bulega recorded a lap time of 1:27.916, which was not only good enough to top the 22-rider field and secure pole position it also eclipsed the All-Time Lap Record Bulega set, 1:28.716, during Free Practice Three (FP3) Saturday morning.

In his first professional racing event in four years, Andrea Iannone qualified second with a 1:28.154 on his Team Go Eleven Ducati. Alex Lowes did a 1:28.239 on his factory Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10RR to earn the third and final spot on the front row.

Row two starters include GYTR GRT Yamaha’s Dominique Aegerter (1:28.403), ROKiT BMW’s Toprak Razgatlioglu (1:28.520), and Pata Yamaha by Prometeon’s Andrea Locatelli (1:28.540).

American Garrett Gerloff qualified 14th with a 1:29.045 on his Bonovo Action BMW M 1000 RR.



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