The motorcycling family is again in a state of shock and mourning as it remembers Angel Nieto, who has sadly passed away at the age of 70.
The former World Champion had been involved in an accident on a quad bike in Ibiza last week, with his condition worsening on Thursday as his treatment continued.
Angel was the very definition of a racing legend, with 13 world championships (he insisted on it being 12+1 because 13 is unlucky) and 90 Grand Prix wins spread out from his first in 1969 in the 50cc class at the East German Grand Prix to his last in 1985 on the 80cc Derbi at Le Mans.
But it was the man, not the racer that really marks Angel out as someone special, which with 13 world titles says quite a lot about the person he was. Angel was charismatic, friendly and funny, with almost limitless energy and his love of motorcycling was contagious.
A lot of Spain’s Grand Prix success can be attributed to Angel Nieto and both the country and MotoGP will miss him greatly.
Rest in peace Angel, and thank you for everything.