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Two generations of motorcycling history meet at Phillip Island

Two generations of motorcycling history meet at Phillip Island

Two generations of motorcycling history meet at Phillip Island

The Grand Prix paddock often resembles an international meeting ground of old rivals and friends. For former racer David Stanley the SKYY VODKA Australian Grand Prix is a particularly meaningful occasion as his son Mark Stanley makes his World Championship debut against a new generation of international winners. Mark races against Fonsi Nieto in the 250cc race at Phillip Island this weekend just as his father rode against the Spaniard´s famous uncle Angel two decades ago.

`I finished ahead of Angel Nieto in a 125 race at Madrid in 1974,´ claims father David. `I was riding a Yamaha and he was on a factory Derbi, but if I am honest I have to admit that he had a few problems with his bike. The race was won by Benjamin Grau, I was second and Angel was third. The podium was like a couple of upturned fruit boxes in those days but we had a fun celebration that night I can tell you.´

Mark is currently running fourth in the Australian 250 series having lost top spot with an engine failure at the last round and he hopes to take inspiration from his father this weekend. `My dad quit racing before I was born but he has told me all his stories so many times that I probably know them better than him. He is a big help to me particularly with the mental side of racing and I hope to be a full time GP rider one day.´

Angel Nieto was happy to see his old rival but coyly denied knowledge of that day back in Madrid. `It is nice to see David and his son here but I must say I don't remember him beating me,´ laughed the former 13 time World Champion. `Then again there were a few guys who beat me so I can´t be sure. Anyway, this is a nice occasion and me and my family would like to wish David and Mark all the best for the weekend.´

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250cc, 2002, SKYY VODKA Australian Grand Prix

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