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SBK, Bulega: "Does BMW scare Ducati? No, it's Toprak who's a step ahead."

"In any case, we can't sleep, because they surprised us here. As for the race, I tried to keep the lead, but then I started to suffer with the front. Overall, I'm happy since it's just my fourth SBK race."

SBK: Bulega:

Second in all three races held at the Misano track, Nicolò Bulega concluded the weekend with a smile. Consistent and steady from his first appearance on the V4R, the Italian rider had to only bow down  to Razgatlioglu who, at the Marco Simoncelli World Circuit, seemed to be on another planet.

"Toprak was simply faster,"  he admitted candidly, after trying to dictate the pace for seven laps. "I tried at first, but I knew from the entire weekend that he was a step ahead. At that point, I only tried to create a margin on the third, so as to secure the second place, which was the most that could be attained. Overall, I'm proud of what I did."

Asked to identify the area where the Turkish rider was strongest, the 24-year-old replied, "A bit everywhere. As for me, on new tires with lots of grip, I was going strong but, then, maybe due to lack of experience, as soon as they dropped, I started to suffer, while he's more used to it. Considering that this is my fourth SBK race, I'm satisfied. What can be better than that? Because, when I tried to keep up with the BMW, I had problems with the front. I was always still the best Ducati rider."

Regarding the Borgo Panigale manufacturer, he still has a bitter taste in his mouth, since it was a home race and the expectations were high. "I'm speaking for myself, having won on my debut in Australia, when I finish second, there's always a bit of dissatisfaction. I think this feeling will remain until the end of the season. Joking aside, Razgatlioglu has been here for a long time and already has a title behind him. I just arrived, so battling it out with him, and being the best on my team, makes me happy."

While his colleague on the team, Alvaro Bautista, says there's a lot of work to do in relation to the portentous recovery of the Germans, the rider from Emilia thinks things are somewhat different. "I think it's actually Toprak who's making the difference on the BMW, while the others are far behind. That said, we can't afford to sleep or be idle, not knowing on which tracks they're going to be competitive. We didn't expect him to be so on the ball. Now we'll have to close the gap that was created."


Translated by Leila Myftija

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