Fonsi Nieto wins drag race against military jet
After a series of intense tests with Aprilia at Jerez and Valencia, Fonsi Nieto took time out of his preseason schedule to compete in a drag race against a Spanish military aeroplane. Riding an Aprilia RSV 1000 R Factory streetbike, the Spanish rider out-accelerated a C-101 Aviojet from the Aguila squadron at an air base in Murcia, in the south of Spain.
Nieto blasted his way down the 1km runway in perfect harmony with the C-101, which then put on a spectacular aerial show for the hundreds of fans who turned up to watch the display. The face-off was similar to a plan which Ducati had publicized last November, when their idea to race Loris Capirossi and the Desmosedici against an Italian airforce F104 Starfire was scuppered by an attack on Italian forces in Iraq.