Mo­togp pays trib­ute to An­gel Ni­eto

Motorcycle News (UK) - - MCN THIS WEEK -

The Mo­togp pad­dock have paid trib­ute to 13-time world cham­pion An­gel Ni­eto over the week­end, af­ter the 70-year-old trag­i­cally died on Thurs­day fol­low­ing a quad bike ac­ci­dent near his home on the Span­ish is­land of Ibiza.

He was in­volved in a col­li­sion with a car and suf­fered se­vere brain in­juries that re­sulted in doc­tors plac­ing him in an in­duced coma. Seem­ingly mak­ing good progress, an at­tempt was made to re­duce his se­da­tion on Thurs­day but sadly his con­di­tion de­te­ri­o­rated and he suc­cumbed to his in­juries.

Ni­eto’s in­cred­i­ble record in Grand Prix rac­ing means that he will be re­mem­bered along­side the likes of Gi­a­como Agos­tini, Valentino Rossi, Mike Hail­wood and Phil Read in the an­nals of two-wheeled his­tory.

Along­side 90 wins and 139 podi­ums from only 186 starts, his six 50cc Cham­pi­onships and seven on 125cc ma­chin­ery also make Ni­eto the rider to have won the most ti­tles with dif­fer­ent man­u­fac­tur­ers, as the Spa­niard rode for and won on Derbi, Bul­taco, Garelli, Minarelli and Krei­dler ma­chin­ery. He also took do­mes­tic ti­tles in ev­ery con­ceiv­able class from 50cc up to 750cc in his na­tive Spain, set­ting his rac­ing leg­end in stone at home as well as on the world stage.

Su­per­sti­tious Ni­eto pre­ferred 12+1 ti­tles over 13É

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