New colours and a new chapter for Nicolò Bulega, who has moved away from VR46 with which, for better or for worse, his career had been linked so far. A little over twenty years old, he can already boast a long presence in the world championship, with three seasons in Moto3 and one in Moto2, but after a good debut the difficulties have outweighed the satisfaction.
Nicolò thus decided to leave Valentino Rossi's school to find his own way, which led him to Fausto Gresini and his team. Once again, this year he will race in Moto2, alongside Edgar Pons, with the desire to shake things up.
"I wouldn't call it my year zero, I don’t even want to call it anything at the moment to be honest - Bulega smiles thinking about this new beginning - I'm happy to have a change in scenery, because when you're in an environment or in a team where you can't express yourself better, and not get what you want, it is difficult to go ahead while making every effort".
This is exactly what happened to him and he realized that to start a new chapter he would have to close the previous one first.
“Change is a normal thing, in work as in sport, and it can do you good - he assures - I am convinced and happy about my choice. I don't know if it's a zero year, but it will certainly be the year of a big revolution for me "
Like all things, there are pros and cons. VR46 is a perfectly organized structure, doing things your own way is more complicated.
"The biggest change concerns training, because I used to go to the Academy with the other guys every day, we went to the gym together, then on Saturdays and Sundays we always invented something to do - remembers Nicolò - But now I feel I have found myself and I'm happy, I'm working well and I'm focused on what I have to do."
Some of the pressure has gone and Bulega seems to feel less weight on his shoulders.
"Actually, I am heavier because I put on a kilo - he jokes - but it is true, I also feel lighter. In the Gresini team I am relaxed, in the garage there is a lot of fooling around but then we are serious when we need to be."
After a year of apprenticeship in the intermediate class, this year Nicolò will have to prove his potential.
"I think Moto2 is a very difficult category; the first year there are many things to understand - he explains - For example how to manage the power, also the working method which is different from that of Moto3 but, above all, the tyres make a big difference, because they change the approach to the races. It's a class that I like and if you can go strong in Moto2 there is a good chance of doing it in MotoGP too."
Before the premier class, however, he has to think about the present in Moto2. And goals are usually set at the beginning of the year.
"I didn't set any goals, I'll just try to do my best and have fun," says Bulega.
Interview by Gianmaria Rosati