Andreu Rabasa dies, a key man in the success of Ángel Nieto

Spanish motorcycling says goodbye to one of the key figures in the industry. Andrew Rabasa (1931-2022) He died in Barcelona at 91 years, after a life fully dedicated to the world of two wheels. Son of Simeó Rabasa, founder of Rabasa Derbi, the Catalan contributed directly to the growth and consolidation of the brand through his presidency. He headed the company between 1988 and 2000, the date on which he became honorary president, and throughout his career He was in charge of filling the firm with success.

There is no doubt that Rabasa was a key person in growth of the motorcycle industry in Spain, at the same time that he was in charge of enlarge Derbi’s own history. In 1967 Andreu was the architect of the entry of the brand to the Speed ​​World Championship, making the Spanish firm the first in our country to take on this championship in its entirety. Where he not only looked for results, but also to a winning figure that he found with Ángel Nieto. The Catalan discovered Teacher during a race that was held in November 1964 at the Carlos III circuit in Barcelona and from there, they formed a winning alliance that has gone down in World Cup history.

In their five years of union (1967-1972), Ángel Nieto won five world titles distributed between 50cc and 125cc, while Derbi celebrated four as a manufacturer. The 1972 crisis forced the Spanish brand to announce its departure from the World Cup, ensuring the economic stability of the factory, but it never left the competition completely since it did maintain its presence in the Spanish championships to once again firmly support the return of the brand to the grand prix in 1984 with Jorge Martínez “Aspar” and Santiago Herreros, in addition to promoting an emerging talent named Alex Crivillé. A whole history of legends among which Andreu was also recognized before leaving.

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In 1998 received the Cross of Sant Jordi, and throughout his life he has been awarded the Gold Medal for Sports Merit from the Spanish Motorcycling Federation, the Gold Badge from the Catalan Motorcycling Federation and the Barcelona Key. Rest in peace.

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