Fonsi Nieto broke into World competition through pocket-bikes, and after various wins within the series took the step up to 125cc in 1995, winning the Spanish Junior Championship on a Honda NSR. By 1998 he was crowned Champion of Spain after a brilliant season on an Aprilia 125. In 1999 he won his second title aboard a Yamaha 250. The Antena 3 Yamaha D'Antin team were impressed with his progress and in 1999 gave him his Grand Prix chance on a 250. He finished 23rd that year, improving significantly to 14th in the final standings in 2000.
Nieto’s first podium came in 2001 in Valencia onboard an Aprilia 250 and the following year they kept on coming in the form of nine podiums with four wins. 2003 saw Nieto drop to fifth in the standings and the following year, the Spaniard’s last full season in Grand Prix racing, would be less successful in terms of results, with third place in Jerez his only podium.
Since then 'Fonsi' has had his first – and only – ride in the MotoGP class, finishing 11th place onboard a Kawasaki in France 2007. After a two-year absence from the World Championship stage Nieto made a return with G22 Racing in the Moto2 class.
Fonsi Nieto #10 - G22 Holiday Gym Racing
Born: December 2, 1978
Fonsi Nieto 2010 Moto2 Results
Announced as a new 4-stroke MotoGP World Championship class, Moto2 will replace the 250cc category from 2010. This new category is intended to be a prestigious yet cost-effective accompaniment to the premier class of MotoGP. Some of the key characteristics of this new category of Grand Prix racing will be the single engine supplier and a single tyre supplier. Honda Racing Corporation was chosen as the engine supplier, while Dunlop, currently present in the 125cc World Championships are to provide the tyres.
Moto2 technical specifications - in a nutshell
Powered by a one-make 600cc 4-stroke engine, producing around 150hp, the Moto2 class will continue the 250cc series' pursuit of developmental excellence with the running of a prototype chassis -free from limitation.
No production bike parts will be permitted for the frame, swing arm, fuel tank, seat or cowling, meaning that these aspects of the machine will be left to the manufacturer and designers' discretion.
Electronic systems will be more limited than those previously permitted in 250cc, which had seen select factories bringing in traction control in recent years. Moto2 rules will allow for data loggers, ECU and timing transponders supplied by the organiser, with a maximum total cost of the ECU's components set at 650 euros. No other electronic control, nor datalogging systems, will be present on the bikes.
Experience the excitement of the Premier Season of Moto2 Racing as Fonsi Nieto rides to capture the inaugural Moto2 Championship crown.