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Angel Nieto might have been before the time of many here. I saw the tail end of his career. He was world champion in motorcycling 13 times (or 12+1 as he liked to say due to his superstitions), all in the smaller bikes as he was a small guy and the 500cc bikes needed bigger riders in those days.

He is now 70 and has been in a serious accident where his quad bike was hit by a car, suffering head trauma. He is reportedly in surgery and the outcome is unknown at the moment. Hopefully he will make it through and be fine.

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 26, 2017 2:58 pm 
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I followed moto races in the early 80's in 125 and 250 class. He was nearly invincible. What a sad news, I hope he can make it out of coma.

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Not a racer I know anything about, but I wish him well with his recovery!

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 28, 2017 10:29 am 
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I remember him being one of the legends when I was just starting out. I always loved his name too.
Isn't it surprising how many riders/drivers come through a dangerous career almost unscathed then something like this happens.


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 28, 2017 11:03 am 
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moby wrote:
I remember him being one of the legends when I was just starting out. I always loved his name too.
Isn't it surprising how many riders/drivers come through a dangerous career almost unscathed then something like this happens.


I think they tend to continue to be active more than the average population and in ways that carry at least some level of risk. Maybe a residual need after feeding off the adrenaline of motorsport for years. Quad bikes may not be extreme stuff, but you don't tend to see 70 year olds on them.

Latest is that he his condition is serious but he is stable. He is sedated and on artificial breathing.


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Alex53 wrote:
moby wrote:
I remember him being one of the legends when I was just starting out. I always loved his name too.
Isn't it surprising how many riders/drivers come through a dangerous career almost unscathed then something like this happens.


I think they tend to continue to be active more than the average population and in ways that carry at least some level of risk. Maybe a residual need after feeding off the adrenaline of motorsport for years. Quad bikes may not be extreme stuff, but you don't tend to see 70 year olds on them.

Latest is that he his condition is serious but he is stable. He is sedated and on artificial breathing.


I have a quad :lol: Got one as soon as I retired :blush:


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 03, 2017 8:22 am 
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They have started the process of waking him up by removing sedation. They will know the extent of any brain damage once he is awake but the prognosis is positive as no surgery was required and his blood clots were being re-absorbed.

http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/131091


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Alex53 wrote:
They have started the process of waking him up by removing sedation. They will know the extent of any brain damage once he is awake but the prognosis is positive as no surgery was required and his blood clots were being re-absorbed.

http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/131091

Thank you for your effort to put this valuable piece of information over here, Alex53! Relief.

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Unfortunately he didn't pull through, he passed away earlier this evening.

https://www.motorsport.com/motogp/news/ ... es-938081/


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Unfortunately as the process of waking up was happening he took a turn for the worse, he needed emergency surgery, and he has not pulled through.

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Sad news, rest in peace.

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Unfortunately he didn't pull through, he passed away earlier this evening.

https://www.motorsport.com/motogp/news/ ... es-938081/

:-((

I saw it coming, but I still always hate to read this. I've not seen very many cases of comas and head trauma turning out well, unfortunately.

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Very sad news, NIcky & now him in accidents unrelated to competition.
Similarly with Schuey, they all came through years of competing in some of the most dangerous sports only to be caught out by normal endeavours.

Tragic.

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Rest in Peace, dear crazy intelligent fool...

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After that glimpse of hope, this is so sad :(

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It's been announced that Jerez circuit is going to be named after him.


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Alex53 wrote:
It's been announced that Jerez circuit is going to be named after him.


Well done. Amply deserved...

i remember seeing motogp (well, you know, 50cc, 125cc, 250cc and 500cc) races in the early eighties and having Freddie Spencer and Angel Nieto as highlights. Nieto was nearly invincible in 125cc. Those bikes were similar to moto3 in size and performance, drafting was equally important, but there was an air of inevitability about the result with Nieto. He would study his opponents, clearly dropping one or two places to be sure where everyone was strong before making a definite plan of attack and carrying it out precisely. Pretty astonishing.


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-ZeroGravityToilet- wrote:
Alex53 wrote:
It's been announced that Jerez circuit is going to be named after him.


Well done. Amply deserved...

i remember seeing motogp (well, you know, 50cc, 125cc, 250cc and 500cc) races in the early eighties and having Freddie Spencer and Angel Nieto as highlights. Nieto was nearly invincible in 125cc. Those bikes were similar to moto3 in size and performance, drafting was equally important, but there was an air of inevitability about the result with Nieto. He would study his opponents, clearly dropping one or two places to be sure where everyone was strong before making a definite plan of attack and carrying it out precisely. Pretty astonishing.


A nice touch, but a pity it was not renamed during his lifetime when he could have appreciated it.


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