Motogp pays tribute to Angel Nieto
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