MotoGP: Top 5 Spanish riders of all-time
Over the past decade or so, Spanish riders have dominated MotoGP, winning 8 of the 10 MotoGP Premier Class Championship titles on offer. Prior to that too, during the glory years of Valentino Rossi, it was Spanish riders who were the biggest threat to 'The Doctor'.
Much of the terrific success that Spanish riders have had over the years in MotoGP can be attributed to Dorna Sports - a Spanish business firm which took control of the commercial and television rights related to MotoGP in 1992.
Repsol is a Spanish oil company and sponsors the factory Honda team as well as many Spanish riders. Movistar, the biggest telecom provider in Spain is the principal sponsor of Team Yamaha.
The interest taken by these companies is one of the primary reasons why Spain has made a significant mark in MotoGP. The support and guidance given to young talent in MotoGP are unparalleled in any other country.
Across all classes of MotoGP, Spanish riders have won a total of 50 titles over the years - second only to Italy's tally of 77. We take a look at 5 of the best Spanish MotoGP riders of all time:
#5 Angel Nieto
One of MotoGP's greatest ever riders was Angel Nieto. The serial winner began his racing career in 1964 and would retire from active competition only in 1986. With a penchant for smaller displacement bikes, Nieto thrived in the 50cc, 80cc and 125cc classes.
With 7 World titles in the Moto3/ 125cc class and 6 titles in the 50cc class, his combined tally of 13 World titles is second only to legendary Italian rider - Giacomo Agostini. His tally of 90 race wins is only behind Agostini and another Italian great - Valentino Rossi.