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Fonsi writes a new chapter in the Nieto history books

Fonsi writes a new chapter in the Nieto history books

Fonsi writes a new chapter in the Nieto history books

By taking victory in the quarter-litre class race at the Marlboro Grand Prix of Spain, Fonsi Nieto has added a new contribution to the racing saga of the Nieto clan. Alfonso Gonzalez Nieto, known as ´Fonsi´, is none other than the nephew of motorcycling legend, Angel Nieto.

A revered figure throughout the sport, Angel won no fewer than 13 world titles at both 50cc and 125cc level during a career which spanned over twenty seasons at the top level. In 1995, his son Angel Nieto Jr, ´Gelete´, followed in his father´s footsteps by making his debut in the 125 class in Brno. Nowadays ´Gelete´ competes in motorsport of the four wheel variety (Formula Nissan), and his place in the 125 championship has been taken by his younger brother, Pablo. Indeed, Pablo distinguished himself at this weekend´s GP in Jerez, by taking his first ever pole position in the category. The last time that a Nieto started a race from first place on the starting grid was in 1983, when Angel took the last pole position of his career in Monza.

Back in the present day, the Nieto making the biggest splash in the sport isn't Angel´s son,but his nephew, Fonsi. In 1997 the Madrid-born rider made his debut in the 125cc World Championship in Spain. Four years later, and once again on Spanish soil, he secured his first ever pole, and went on to make his first trip to the 250 podium. This season, riding for the Telefonica Movistar Repsol Aprilia team, he is one of the title favourites, and has improved as the season has gone on, including posting the fastest lap of the race in Welkom. Fonsi though has now gone to another level by taking his first career triumph in Jerez, and in doing so he claimed the first Spanish victory in the quarter-litre class for more than ten years, the last being that of Carlos Cardus in Brno back in 1990.

Indeed, Fonsi could well have opened a new golden era, not only for his country, but for his family.

250cc, 2002, Gran Premio Marlboro de España, Pablo Nieto

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