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Ángel Nieto Roldan, The Legend of MotoGP

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JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - Ángel Nieto Roldan is a pioneer of modern motorcycles in Spain. He is the first Spaniard to join a world championship motorcycling race. In addition, he also became the first Spaniard to become world champion.

Nieto successfully grabbed 13 titles in the 50cc and 125cc classes. However, due to his great superstitious belief, he always chose to mention the number of titles with '12 + 1 '.

Born in Zamora on January 25, 1947, little Nieto moved to Madrid, and spent all his life there and in Ibiza, his beloved place, where he lost his life.

Nieto enjoyed motorcycles from a young age and became an assistant in a garage in Madrid. The owner of the garage, Tomas Diaz Valdes, who helped him begin to compete.

But Nieto wants to become a professional racer and decided to move to Barcelona. The move she deems as, "The best decision of my life."

In Barcelona, he started out as a 'builder' in Bultaco. He then moved to Ducati and finally to Derbi, the Spanish manufacturer who opened the door for him to compete in the world championships.

At the age of 17, Nieto took part in his first world championship of the 1964 season. He achieved fifth finals, which he repeated in two races in 1965 and 1966.

In 1967, as a professional Derbi racer, he appeared in four races in the 50cc class. He then went through a full season in 1969, when he took the inaugural victory and then grabbed his first title.

Nieto's last championship title came in 1984 in the 125cc class, and two seasons later, he retired at the age of 39.

From the start Grand Prix of 186 times, he collected 90 victories and 139 podiums. The number of wins was just better than Giacomo Agostini and Valentino Rossi, but The Doctor has matched it in 2008.

Both Nieto's sons, Angel Jr. and Pablo, are also Grand Prix racers and they compete in the 125cc class. While his nephew, Fonsi, is a winner in the 250cc class before moving to the World Superbike.