The winds of change that are blowing in Supersport ahead of the 2022 season don’t only regard the bikes and the regulation, but also the riders. There are a number of names that could migrate from other categories to SSP, not least from Moto2, with the aim to repeat what Andrea Locatelli did in 2020. And one rider who seems particularly close to a change of category is Italian Nicolò Bulega.
A new rider for a new team
The Italian is currently competing in his third Moto2 season, a category where he’s struggling more than he should, having scored a best of seventh over the three-year period (with the Sky Racing Team and Team Gresini) and a best of eleventh this season, despite having shone at times in Moto3. So a change of category might be just the solution, particularly if he is also able to join forces with a renowned team, which will also be debuting in the category.
We’re talking about the Aruba Ducati team that, with the admission of the Panigale 955 into the Supersport championship, is ready to create a second structure for the second category in the paddock. Bulega would therefore head up one of the strongest teams on the 2022 grid, at least on paper, as we await details of the new regulation.
He would be the most experienced rider in the garage if we conside that he might be joined by Oli Bayliss, who currently competes in ASBK. Two riders debuting with a team that, in turn, would be debuting in a championship with a brand-new regulation. An explosive mix that could prove to be a winner.
Translated by Heather Watson