Ángel Nieto

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Ángel Nieto
1972. Ángel Nieto.jpg
Nationality Spanish
Motorcycle racing career statistics
Grand Prix motorcycle racing
Active years 1964 - 1986
First race 1964 50 cc Spanish Grand Prix
Last race 1986 80 cc Baden-Württemberg Grand Prix
First win 1969 50 cc German Grand Prix
Last win 1985 80 cc French Grand Prix
Team(s) Derbi, Morbidelli, Kreidler, Bultaco, Minarelli, Garelli
Championships 50 cc - 1969, 1970, 1972, 1975-1977
125 cc- 1971, 1972, 1979, 1981-1984
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
186 90 139 16 63 1782

Ángel Nieto Roldán born January 25, 1947 in Zamora, (Spain) is a multi-time Grand Prix motorcycle roadracing World Champion. He is one of the most successful motorcycle racers of all time, with 13 Grand Prix World Championships to his name.

He specialized in racing small displacement bikes such as in the 50 cc, 80 cc and 125 cc classes but many fellow racers, including former world champion Barry Sheene consider him among the greatest motorcycle racers of all time.[1] Though he was never successful at the world level racing in the larger displacements, he won Spanish National Championships in the 50 cc, 125 cc, 250 cc, 500 cc and 750 cc classes.[1] He retired in 1986 at the age of 39 with a total of 90 Grand Prix victories and 13 World Championships. Known to be superstitious, he prefers to refer to his championship tally as "12+1". His total of 90 Grand Prix victories is third only to the 122 by Giacomo Agostini, and the 106 of Valentino Rossi.[2]

Later he operated a Grand Prix motorcycle racing team with his son, Ángel Nieto Jr. and Emilio Alzamora, who won the 125 cc title, as riders. He now commentates Grand Prix races for Spanish television. There is an Ángel Nieto museum in Madrid that displays some of his trophies and racing memorabilia. The FIM named him a Grand Prix "Legend" in 2000.[3] Nieto attended the 2008 French Grand Prix at the Le Mans Bugatti Circuit on 18 May 2008, dressed to ride with a special shirt congratulating Valentino Rossi for equalling Nieto's 90 wins. Nieto mounted Rossi's bike, and Rossi as a passenger held a flag aloft with "90 + 90", as they took a victory lap.[4]

Complete Grand Prix motorcycle racing results [2][edit]

Points system from 1964 to 1968:

Position 1 2 3 4 5 6
Points 8 6 4 3 2 1

Points system from 1969 onwards:

Position 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Points 15 12 10 8 6 5 4 3 2 1

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Class Bike 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Points Rank Wins
1964 50cc Derbi USA
-
ESP
5
FRA
-
IOM
-
NED
-
BEL
-
GER
-
FIN
-
JPN
-
2 10th 0
1965 50cc Derbi USA
-
GER
5
ESP
-
FRA
-
IOM
-
NED
-
BEL
-
JPN
-
2 12th 0
1966 50cc Derbi ESP
5
GER
-
NED
-
IOM
-
NAT
-
JPN
-
3 6th 0
1967 50cc Derbi ESP
6
GER
-
FRA
5
IOM
-
NED
2
BEL
4
JPN
-
12 4th 0
1968 50cc Derbi GER
-
ESP
2
IOM
DNF
NED
-
BEL
3
10 4th 0
1969 50cc Derbi ESP
2
GER
-
FRA
2
NED
-
BEL
-
DDR
1
CZE
3
ULS
1
NAT
-
YUG
2
76 1st 2
1970 50cc Derbi GER
1
FRA
1
YUG
1
NED
1
BEL
2
DDR
3
CZE
-
ULS
1
NAT
-
ESP
4
87 1st 5
125cc Derbi GER
-
FRA
-
YUG
2
IOM
-
NED
-
BEL
1
DDR
1
CZE
-
FIN
-
NAT
1
ESP
1
72 2nd 4
1971 50cc Derbi AUT
2
GER
3
NED
1
BEL
3
DDR
1
CZE
-
SWE
1
NAT
2
ESP
-
69 2nd 3
125cc Derbi AUT
1
GER
-
IOM
-
NED
1
BEL
-
DDR
1
CZE
1
SWE
-
FIN
-
NAT
2
ESP
1
87 1st 5
1972 50cc Derbi GER
2
NAT
2
YUG
2
NED
1
BEL
1
DDR
-
SWE
-
ESP
1
69 1st 3
125cc Derbi GER
-
FRA
-
AUT
1
NAT
1
IOM
-
YUG
-
NED
1
BEL
1
DDR
-
CZE
-
SWE
1
FIN
2
ESP
3
97 1st 5
1973 125cc Morbidelli FRA
-
AUT
3
GER
2
NAT
-
IOM
-
YUG
-
NED
-
BEL
2
CZE
-
SWE
-
FIN
-
ESP
2
46 7th 0
1974 125cc Derbi FRA
-
GER
-
AUT
2
NAT
1
NED
-
BEL
1
SWE
-
CZE
-
YUG
2
ESP
5
60 3rd 2
1975 50cc Kreidler ESP
1
GER
1
NAT
1
NED
1
BEL
2
SWE
2
FIN
1
YUG
1
75 1st 6
1976 50cc Bultaco FRA
Ret
NAT
1
YUG
-
NED
1
BEL
2
SWE
1
FIN
-
GER
1
ESP
1
85 1st 5
125cc Bultaco AUT
4
NAT
3
YUG
-
NED
3
BEL
1
SWE
2
FIN
-
GER
-
ESP
2
67 2nd 1
1977 50cc Bultaco GER
3
NAT
3
ESP
1
YUG
1
NED
1
BEL
3
SWE
2
87 1st 3
125cc Bultaco VEN
1
AUT
-
GER
6
NAT
5
ESP
-
FRA
-
YUG
2
NED
1
BEL
2
SWE
1
FIN
-
GBR
-
80 3rd 3
1978 50cc Bultaco ESP
-
NAT
-
NED
-
BEL
-
GER
2
CZE
-
YUG
-
12 11th 0
125cc Bultaco VEN
-
ESP
-
AUT
-
FRA
-
NAT
7
NED
-
88 2nd 4
Minarelli BEL
2
SWE
2
FIN
1
GBR
1
GER
1
YUG
1
1979 125cc Minarelli VEN
1
AUT
1
GER
1
NAT
1
ESP
1
YUG
1
NED
1
BEL
-
SWE
-
FIN
-
GBR
1
CZE
-
FRA
-
120 1st 8
1980 125cc Minarelli NAT
5
ESP
-
FRA
1
YUG
-
NED
1
BEL
1
FIN
1
GBR
-
CZE
-
GER
2
78 3rd 4
1981 125cc Minarelli ARG
1
AUT
1
GER
1
NAT
4
FRA
1
ESP
1
YUG
-
NED
1
SM
2
GBR
1
FIN
1
SWE
-
CZE
-
140 1st 8
250cc Siroco-Rotax ARG
-
GER
5
NAT
-
FRA
-
ESP
-
NED
-
BEL
-
RSM
-
GBR
-
FIN
-
SWE
-
CZE
-
6 23rd 0
1982 125cc Garelli ARG
1
AUT
1
FRA
-
ESP
1
NAT
1
NED
1
BEL
5
YUG
3
GBR
1
SWE
6
FIN
-
CZE
-
111 1st 6
1983 125cc Garelli FRA
NC
NAT
1
GER
1
ESP
1
AUT
1
YUG
11
NED
1
BEL
2
GBR
1
SWE
-
RSM
DNF
102 1st 6
250cc Yamaha RSA
-
FRA
-
NAT
-
GER
-
ESP
NC
AUT
NC
YUG
NC
NED
-
BEL
-
GBR
-
SWE
-
0 - 0
1984 125cc Garelli NAT
1
ESP
1
GER
1
FRA
1
NED
1
GBR
1
SWE
-
RSM
DNF
90 1st 6
250cc Garelli RSA
-
NAT
NC
ESP
-
AUT
-
GER
-
FRA
-
YUG
-
NED
-
BEL
-
GBR
-
SWE
-
RSM
-
0 - 0
1985 80cc Derbi ESP
-
GER
-
NAT
-
YUG
-
NED
NC
FRA
1
RSM
NC
15 9th 1
1986 80cc Derbi ESP
2
NAT
NC
GER
4
AUT
8
YUG
4
NED
4
GBR
NC
SWE
-
RSM
5
BWU
NC
45 7th 0
125cc Ducados ESP
-
NAT
2
GER
-
AUT
-
NED
10
BEL
-
FRA
9
GBR
-
SWE
-
RSM
-
BWU
-
15 13th 0

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b 50 Years Of Moto Grand Prix (1st edition). Hazelton Publishing Ltd, 1999. ISBN 1-874557-83-7
  2. ^ a b Ángel Nieto career statistics at MotoGP.com
  3. ^ MotoGP Legends at MotoGP.com
  4. ^ Rossi wins French MotoGP, AFP, 19 May 2008