“The news that we never wanted to give you and that we are forced to write. After two months of fighting Covid, Fausto Gresini leaves us with just 60 years old, Ciao Fausto ». So the Gresini Team announces the death of the former driver and manager of the team that bears his name. “All Gresini Racing gathers around the family, his wife Nadia and children Lorenzo, Luca, Alice and Agnese – reads the note – and the countless people who have had the opportunity to know and appreciate him”.
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. #HelloFausto❤️ pic.twitter.com/mHMsDgunmb
– Gresini Racing (@GresiniRacing) February 23, 2021
After almost two months of struggle in the hospital, lived in a swing of hopes of recovery and sudden worsening, Covid defeated him and took away one of the most important and well-known personalities of Italian motorcycling.
Gresini was hospitalized in very serious conditions at the Maggiore hospital in Bologna since the end of last December. Already in the late evening of yesterday there had been rumors of his death, relaunched by many media and amplified by TV. Then with a tweet his team had denied them: “Despite the news in circulation, Fausto is currently still with us, albeit in critical condition.” This morning the sad news.
Twice world champion as a driver in the mid-eighties, with the 125, 60 years old on 23 January, as an inpatient, after retiring he had a career as a top manager on two wheels, founding the team that leads his name and of which he was team principal: he triumphed in Moto3, 250, Moto2 and MotoE and is now present in MotoGp with Aprilia. Marco Simoncelli was racing for him with Honda when he died in 2011 at Sepang. He has always had a special relationship with the driver from Coriano and with his Gresini family.
Born in Imola, a city of engines, Gresini made his debut in the world championship by participating in the 1982 GP of Nations, which did not end due to a retirement. He has always competed only in the 125cc, winning his first world title in 1985. The following year he won four GPs (in Spain, Europe, Sweden and Germany), but was overcome, one of his great regrets along with that of never having raced in 250, only 12 lengths by Luca Cadalora, who became world champion. The revenge in 1987, when he won 10 of the 11 races on the calendar. He divorced at the end of 1988 from Garelli and moved to Aprilia, then to Honda.
Injuries did not spare him, but he arrived two more times in general, in 1991 behind team mate Capirossi and in 1992. He announced his retirement before the 1995 season. In 1997 the team was born in his name, based in Faenza. Among the drivers of his team, over the years, Alex Barros, Tony Elias, Loris Capirossi, Marco Melandri, Sete Gibernau, Alex De Angelis, Jorge Martin, Matteo Ferrari. Victories, but also mourning: Daijiro Kato, who died in Suzuka in 2003, then Simoncelli. Del Sic, in a recent interview, Gresini had spoken of as “a true warrior, he liked to fight, he liked hand-to-hand, he never pulled back. He enjoyed these things, even if he took the door, he didn’t get angry, he laughed. He said: “Oh, I took it, tomorrow I’ll give it back” ».
On the other hand, he said of himself that he felt “differently young, always on the attack, always at the forefront, always with new projects. Always with some dreams in the drawer. I always say that when there is nothing left in that drawer, I will have to change jobs ».
Covid hit him in December and after a few days in the Imola hospital, his condition had required hospitalization at the Major of Bologna, in intensive care. Constant updates of the team on social networks, with a birthday party organized online, a presentation of the team with the mind turned to him and his son Lorenzo to act as a link with friends and fans. This morning, the worst news.