in 2013, winning the CEV Moto3 title in 2015 and embarking on his first full season in grand prix racing in 2016 with the Sky-backed VR46 Moto3 squad.
He scored two podiums that year, which remain his only top-three finishes at world championship level, and graduated to Moto2 at the start of this year.
However, Bulega has endured a tough time in the intermediate class, scoring a best finish of ninth in the opening part of the season and sitting 18th in the standings ahead of this weekend's Brno round, having skipped the Austin race in April due to injury.
Nicolo Bulega, Sky Racing Team VR46
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