This Tuesday morning, via Twitter, the Gresini Racing team announced the death of its boss Fausto Gresini, at the age of 60, from the coronavirus.
The motorcycle world is in mourning. This Tuesday morning, via its official Twitter account, the Gresini Racing team announced very sad news. Indeed, Fausto Gresini died of the coronavirus: “The news that we never wanted to give, and that we are unfortunately obliged to share with you all. After nearly two months of fighting the Covid, Fausto Gresini unfortunately passed away, a few days after turning 60 #CiaoFausto. “
Gresini had been crowned world champion in 125cc, twice, in 1985 and then in 1987. The driver had also spent his entire career in this category, winning a total of 21 races. Subsequently, the Italian remained in the middle, becoming team boss. Indeed, in 1997, Gresini had founded his own team, which bore his name: Gresini Racing. A training that still exists today, 24 years later.
The news we would have never wanted to give, and that unfortunately we are forced to share with all of you. After nearly two months battling against Covid, Fausto Gresini has sadly passed away, few days after turning 60. #CiaoFausto❤️ pic.twitter.com/mHMsDgunmb
– Gresini Racing (@GresiniRacing) February 23, 2021
Three world championship titles for Gresini Racing
Last year, during a 2020 season already severely disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic, which continues to be rife throughout the world today, she was still able to align in the three categories motorcycle that exist to this day. The premier class, MotoGP, but also Moto2 and Moto3. On its record, the Gresini Racing team, under the orders of Fausto Gresini, has a significant total of three world champion titles. The first, in 2001, in the 500cc category, thanks to the Japanese Daijiro Kato. The second, in 2010, in the Moto2 category, thanks to the Spaniard Toni Elias. Finally, the third and last, in 2018, in the Moto3 category, thanks to the Spaniard Jorge Martin. In addition to joys, the Gresini Racing team, still under the orders of Fausto Gresini, also experienced tragedies, with two drivers who died in the middle of the race: the Japanese Daijiro Kato during the Japanese Grand Prix in 2003 and the Italian Marco Simoncelli during the Malaysian Grand Prix in 2011.