Ángel Nieto – one of the most prolific grand prix protagonists of all time – will be racing again at World GP Bike Legends at Jerez on 19-21 June. A specialist on smaller machines, the Zamora-born rider is renowned for having won ‘12+1’ world championships across 50cc and 125cc classes – preferring not to use the superstitious number 13.
His sensational tally of 90 grand prix victories is bested only by Valentino Rossi and Giacomo Agostini, but Nieto is now looking to add more trophies to his collection as he goes head to head in the ‘Race of Legends’ against fellow former champions and winners from the golden age of motorcycle racing.
With a career spanning over 20 years, Nieto has an expansive fan following, especially in Spain, and the chance to see him riding the rare and special bikes from his racing heyday is an unmissable opportunity for any true grand prix fan.
“It seems like an incredible idea!” exclaimed Nieto. “Bringing so many champions together from all over the world is a very difficult task, and World GP Bike Legends is the first event ever to manage it. No true fan can miss this event. Nothing else in the whole world will be like this – it will be phenomenal. I’m going with the hope of a reunion with lots of old friends, some of whom I’ve not seen for a long time. It’s going to be a big party.”
Joining the party will be an impressive collection of racing legends, with the likes of Freddie Spencer, Wayne Gardner, Kevin Schwantz and Loris Capirossi all confirmed to be racing at the summer extravaganza. There’s also an ever-growing line-up of support races including the renowned International Classic Grand Prix.
On the other side of the fence, World GP Bike Legends has even more to offer as a full festival weekend. Live music from Bonnie Tyler, Toseland and some of the best tribute acts around on Friday and Saturday nights will ensure the party doesn’t stop when the chequered flag drops. There will also be a fantastic shopping village, and to top it all off every standard entry ticket grants access to paddock, pits, grandstands, shopping areas and the live music arena!
The current significant early bird discounts on weekend tickets – with the full weekend price fixed at €55 – end on 31 March 2015. Tickets provide bike fans with full access to grandstands, race paddocks, the trade village and the live music concerts.