Five years without Ángel Nieto: this was the ‘street’ roguery that allowed him to win his 12 + 1 World Cup

This Wednesday is fulfilled Five years after the sad death of Ángel Nieto, the great legend of Spanish and world sports. If the Zamorano pilot stood out for something throughout his history, it is, without any doubt, for be a pioneer and be in charge of opening the motorcycling gate wide open for our country. Without Nieto’s seed, the Cardús, Criville, Alzamora, Lorenzo, Pedrosa either Marquez, among many others, and was the great example worldwide of what it meant to compete at the highest level. But if he always stood out for something, it was for his trickery on the track.

One of the elements that most differentiated Ángel Nieto from the rest of the riders was its ability to gain competitive advantage where others only saw a problem. It was quite common for him to make bad starts and, with the passing of the laps, he was climbing until he reached the head of the race. And, almost always, he waited at last corners of the last turn to carry out the definitive overtaking with which he won. It was part of his strategy. But the way he ran would not be understood without his hobbies, that he used ritual mode to concentrate.

Photo: Former pilot Ángel Nieto (EFE/Román Ríos)
This was the quad accident that ended the life of Ángel Nieto five years ago

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As is well known, hated number 13, because he thought it really brought him bad luck. But she was not the only hobby she had and one of her most curious had to do with the new monkeys. Ángel Nieto claimed that whenever he premiered mono, he suffered a fallwhich led him to make a decision: every time he had a new press, he dragged her across the asphalt until he scratched her conspicuously. Thus she believed that she would avoid going to the ground. But surely youa cunning anecdote that took place the day he got his 12+1 championship is the one that perfectly sums up Nieto’s roguish style.

It was him August 5, 1984 and Spanish was played in Silverstone win a new 125cc World Championship. Until now, added five victories in the five tests disputed with his Garelli, but his pursuer, Eugenio Lazarini, had been on the podium in all five races and was therefore very close to him in the standings. Nieto wanted to win on the British circuit with the intention of closing the title as soon as possible and, thus, not contesting the last two rounds of the World Cup, to take vacations from that same day that he was already champion. But one of his usual manias could end in drama.

Every time I went out on the track, during the warm-up lap, I used to hit the handlebar to check that it was well anchored. What was his surprise at Silverstone when, in full recognition, one of those hits of his caused his guide to snap and move out of place. Arriving at the starting line, where all the mechanics were -these were other times very different from today-, Nieto told them what had just happened and they all threw their hands to their heads, because there was no material time to change the handlebar. It was then that Ángel Nieto ‘found’ the solution.

Ángel Nieto, a legend of Spanish and world sports

There were only a few seconds left for the start to be given and, at that moment, the Spaniard kicked a toolbox that was next to his motorcycle. That kick caused the entire track will be filled with all kinds of tools and therefore the stewards had no choice but to delay the start. At that moment of confusion, in which one of his mechanics began to collect the utensils that were on the asphalt, others ran to the box to grab another handlebar and bolt it to their bike at full speed. By the time the track was completely cleared, Nieto already had a new handlebar on his bike.

The test started late, but Ángel Nieto did not take many laps to become 125cc champion and achieve his 12+1 World Cups, after Lazzarini broke the motor of his mount. Despite this, Nieto wanted to celebrate the championship with a new victory, achieving it after overtaking Fausto Gresini in the last test bars. Despite the fact that he confirmed that day that he was going on vacation, Garelli’s bosses convinced him to run the last test, in Mugello. Do you know what happened? That Ángel Nieto had a serious fall that even made him go through the operating room. Perhaps it had to do with that test ran one day 13

This Wednesday is fulfilled Five years after the sad death of Ángel Nieto, the great legend of Spanish and world sports. If the Zamorano pilot stood out for something throughout his history, it is, without any doubt, for be a pioneer and be in charge of opening the motorcycling gate wide open for our country. Without Nieto’s seed, the Cardús, Criville, Alzamora, Lorenzo, Pedrosa either Marquez, among many others, and was the great example worldwide of what it meant to compete at the highest level. But if he always stood out for something, it was for his trickery on the track.

One of the elements that most differentiated Ángel Nieto from the rest of the riders was its ability to gain competitive advantage where others only saw a problem. It was quite common for him to make bad starts and, with the passing of the laps, he was climbing until he reached the head of the race. And, almost always, he waited at last corners of the last turn to carry out the definitive overtaking with which he won. It was part of his strategy. But the way he ran would not be understood without his hobbies, that he used ritual mode to concentrate.

Source: www.elconfidencial.com

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