Grand Prix racing legend Ángel Nieto has died at the age of 70, succumbing to injuries after being hit by a car while riding an ATV.

Nieto was reportedly struck while traveling at low speeds around a roundabout in Spain on July 26. Nieto was thrown off his quad and hit his head on the ground. After being taken to a hospital in Ibiza, Nieto was placed into an induced coma. Doctors were hopeful of waking the 12+1-time (Nieto was superstitious with the number 13) world champion but his condition worsened on Aug. 3.

Angel Nieto

Born Jan. 25, 1947 in Zamora, Spain, Nieto is the winningest Spanish Grand Prix racer of all time, with his 90 wins trailing only Giacomo Agostini (122 wins) and Valentino Rossi (115 wins). Nieto’s success came in the small-displacement classes, with six titles in the 50cc class (1969, 1970, 1972, 1975, 1976 and 1977) and sevn in the 125cc class (1971, 1972, 1979, 1981, 1982, 1983 and 1984). In 186 career races, Nieto has 90 wins, 139 podiums and qualified on the pole 16 times.

Nieto won his first five titles riding a Derbi, one on a Kreidler, two on a Bultaco, two on a Minarelli and three on a Garelli. After retiring from racing, Nieto ran his own racing team with son Ángel Nieto Jr. and Emilio Alzamora, with the latter winning a 125ccc World Championship in 1999.

Destrozado por la noticia, Angel todos te queremos!

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  • JWaller

    Hayden two months ago and now this. I’m not going anywhere on a road in Europe unless I’m in a tank.

    • DickRuble

      It’s not that the Europeans kill more riders than Americans kill.. it’s that fewer famous champion riders go bicycling or ATV riding on American roads. Those killed in the US are just not accomplished champions, they don’t attract the same attention.

  • James D. Becker

    Angel Nieto was one of the greatest Grand Prix motorcycle riders, as seen by his 13 World Championships. Because he rode small bikes, he never got the attention that Augustini received. However, try racing a 21 speed 50cc bike! The man was brilliant! RIP Angel Nieto.