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02/01/2018

Four-time world champion Jorge Martínez “Aspar” will continue to pay tribute to his late compatriot Ángel Nieto (pictured) on track with the Ángel Nieto Team, a project that will be led by Nieto’s eldest son Gelete from youth development to MotoGP.

Gelete Nieto returns to the place he called home for several years as he takes over the reins of the newly-named Ángel Nieto Team, a project that covers every level of motorcycle racing, from the Moto3 Junior World Championship to the Moto3 and MotoGP world championships.

“Ángel Nieto is synonymous with motorcycle racing, a sport that gave him so much and to which he gave so much in return,” explained Jorge Martínez “Aspar”, Nieto’s great rival on track and great friend off it. "Motorcycle racing is what it is in Spain thanks to the man who laid the first stone and we want to pay homage to that fact by renaming our team the Ángel Nieto Team.

“You would always learn so much from being alongside him. Ángel helped so many people, myself included, and he was an important part of my life, as are his sons Gelete and Pablo and his nephew Fonsi. Ángel was particularly excited about this whole project. He trusted me to give Gelete his start in racing and he told me, ‘I know that with you he will learn.’ To be able to pay tribute to his memory and continue with this project in the hands of his eldest son, who was one of the first to ride for my team, gives me enormous pride.”

Gelete Nieto competed with the Aspar Team from 1993 to 1997 and picked up a European Championship victory in Barcelona and another in the Spanish Championship at Jerez, as well as making 28 Grand Prix appearances.

Gelete was the first of the Nieto family to race in the team run by Jorge Martínez “Aspar”, soon to be followed by his brother Pablo and cousin Fonsi. The trio, along with Ángel Nieto, were part of a team that enjoyed some of their best moments together, with standout moments like Pablo’s victory in the Grand Prix of Portugal in 2003 and Fonsi’s 250cc World Championship runner-up season of 2002.