Brno – A one minute silence was observed ahead of the Czech motorcycling Grand Prix on Sunday in memory of Angel Nieto the 13-time world champion killed last week in a quad bike accident in Ibiza.
Spanish legend Nieto dies after bike crash
Motorcycling legend Nieto a pioneer of modern motorcycling in Spain, which his final world championship was in 1986 and 13-time world champion (13 titles in the 50cc and 125cc classes), died as a consequence of the brain damage he suffered when a car hit his quad bike on July 26.
Nieto was on a quad bike on Wednesday last week when he “had an accident with a tourist vehicle”
Nieto was placed in an induced coma and doctors announced plans to begin the waking-up process earlier this week, but his condition deteriorated before passing away, on Thursday morning as a result of a cerebral edema.
Nieto died with his family alongside him on Thursday evening.
MotoGP released the following statement in response to his passing:
“Spanish motorcycling giant Angel Nieto has passed away at a hospital in Ibiza, sadly succumbing to injuries sustained in a quad bike accident on July 26th. The 13-time World Champion – whose superstition always referred to his titles as 12+1 – was a MotoGP Legend and a key figure in establishing Spain as a world-beating force in Grand Prix motorcycle racing. He was 70 years old.
“After remaining in intensive care for a week following the accident, the rider from Zamora’s condition then sadly deteriorated before he passed away on August 3rd.
“The MotoGP community extends its deepest condolences to Nieto’s family and friends as we bid farewell to a true giant of motorcycling history who will be greatly missed.”
Obituary: Angel Nieto, 1947-2017