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SBK, Superbike market looms over Imola: hour of truth for Redding and Bulega

Scott's and Nicolò's destinies meet in Emilia: Redding’s option with BMW is about to expire, while the Italian round for Bulega could be the crossroads for 2024 in the official team.

SBK: Superbike market looms over Imola: hour of truth for Redding and Bulega


An incandescent weekend is expected for the Superbike’s return in Imola. The spotlight will be on the challenge between Bautista and Toprak, with Rea intent on ruining their plans, while the market is holding court.

With Lowes' confirmation in Kawasaki, the session has entered the heart of the season, and the Italian stage will be crucial for BMW in 2024. On Saturday, Scott Redding’s option to continue with the constructor in Munich for another two years will expire.

As the British rider recently stated, his goal is to continue for another two seasons, since there are no tantalizing alternatives available. Scott is, therefore, racing in 2024 in the name of continuity, during which he’ll find Toprak Razgatlioglu in his garage.

This seems to be the scenario that will be occurring, save for any resounding last-minute plot twists.

Not only will Scott Redding’s future be decided in Imola, but Nicolò Bulega is also among those who are holding strong in the paddock. From a start of the season as the star of the SSP, where he leads the World Championship, the rider from Montecchio Emilia seems ready for the big jump into the top class, picking up Rinaldi’s baton on the Aruba team.

Michael’s adventure in the factory team seems to have, in fact, come to an end, and this could become Bulega’s future. All clues seem to point towards him wearing the factory colors and sharing the garage with Bautista next season.

Nicolò has never wanted to express himself on the topic, but he did so at Donington: “I’d like to go on vacation knowing where I’ll be next year.”

Given what he’s doing in the SuperSport, we think that Stefano Cecconi and Serafino Foti will want to give him this gift and allow him  to have a serene and carefree vacation after the Most round at the end of the month.


Translated by Leila Myftija

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