Born on 16 October 1999 in Montecchio Emilia, Italy
In just his second season contesting the FIM Supersport World Championship, Nicolò Bulega – Ducati dominated to claim his first open-age FIM World Championship title and the first in the class for the legendary Italian manufacturer.
The son of former racer Davide Bulega, the twenty-four-year-old Italian gained important early experience contesting the Moto3™ and Moto2™ championships after being crowned FIM Moto3™ Junior World Champion in 2015.
His debut in the FIM Supersport World Championship class in 2022 saw him finish fourth with nine race podiums and the lessons learned helped catapult him to this year’s title with three races and one full round still to run.
Bulega’s 2023 campaign got off to the best possible start with a double win at the opening round at Australia’s iconic Philip Island circuit back in February and from there the podiums and victories quickly began to pile up.
A quick look at the statistics paints a very accurate picture of an incredibly successful season.
With the twelfth and concluding round still to be held, Bulega had finished in the top three nineteen times from twenty-two starts and had finished on the top step of the podium on fourteen occasions with five dynamite double wins.
That is not to say he did not face stiff opposition, but apart from a fifth-place finish in the first race at round two in Indonesia, a retirement with a technical issue in the closing stages of race two in Spain and a sixteenth in race two in the Czech Republic while using wet-weather tyres on a rapidly drying track he was on the podium in every race.
Bulega’s deserved reward for such a sensational season is a place on the factory Ducati team in the 2024 FIM Superbike World Championship.
FIM Supersport World Champion: 2023
FIM Moto3™ Junior World Champion: 2015