Dies Angel Nieto, the father of Spanish motorcycling


Angel Nieto has died at the age of 70 years after not being able to recover from the injuries sustained in the accident of a quad that had the past July 26. Hospitalized in the Polyclinic Nuestra Señora del Rosario in Ibiza since moments after the accident, the state of health of the former pilot got worse in the last hour suddenly despite the improvement experienced in the previous days, and even invited her to optimism. However, the eternal Spanish champion has not been able to overcome the induced coma and the pilot of Zamora lost his life in the afternoon of this Thursday.

The world of Spanish sport, and specifically the world of two wheels mourns the loss of the real father of the Spanish motorcycling. A pioneer in a sport that so many joys it has given to our country, Angel Nieto laid the foundation of the great successes that would come with the passage of the years. Although he never competed in the premier class of the World, Angel Nieto achieved a total of 90 victories, 139 podiums and added 13 titles of Champion of the World, a figure that the vallecano adoption always turned on ’12+1′ by his superstition with the number 13. This was just one of his little hobbies.

beyond these ’12+1′ titles, divided into six crowns of 50cc and seven of 80cc and 125cc, or the fact of being the pilot that more championships are won with different manufacturers, if there is something that will be remembered Ángel Nieto is their capacity to defend and promote their passion, that has become a mass sport in our country. As important as his titles has been the work that has been done to promote the motorcycling once hung up the helmet. Without ever abandoning its links with MotoGP, the always affable Angel Nieto has defended the role of the Spanish motorcycling from various fields, also from the role of a television commentator who served in the last few years. D. E. P.