The former rider and sports director of three teams in the Motorcycle World Championship, Fausto Gresini, has died after practically two months fighting against the covid. The 60-year-old Italian was in a drug coma at the Maggiore Carlo Alberto Pizzardi hospital in Bologna due to severe respiratory failure.
The sports structure that he directed, Gresini Racing, announced his death through a statement: “The news that we never wanted to give you and that we are forced to write. After practically two months of fighting against the covid, Fausto Gresini he leaves at only 60. All of Gresini Racing gathers around the family, his wife Nadia and their children Lorenzo, Luca, Alice and Agnese … and the countless people who have had the opportunity to know and appreciate him. “
The MotoGP organization has also dedicated a loving farewell message to him: “A very dear member of the MotoGP family has sadly left us. Fausto Gresini was a colleague of many, a friend of all and we will miss him deeply. Our thoughts they are with their family and loved ones. Rest in peace, Fausto. “
Just a few days ago, his condition went from serious to critical due to complications derived from the covid. Before Christmas he was in confinement after testing positive, but the affectation of the virus in his body, which caused him great fatigue, caused him to be admitted on December 27 at the Santa Maria della Scaletta hospital in Imola.
After a month hospitalized, already in Bologna, the doctors detected a “slow and progressive” improvement within their “fragile” conditions. At the time he was “conscious and combative.” However, after a few weeks, his respiratory system began to fail due to the covid infection.
Gresini was a motorcycle racer in the 80s and early 90s, always in the 125cc category, where he was world champion in 1985 and 1987. Until his death he was the sporting director of the Aprilia Racing Team Gresini of MotoGP with the riders Aleix Espargaró and Lorenzo Savadori, and he was also the head of Federal Oil Gresini de Moto2 with Nicolò Bulega and Edgar Pons; and Gresini Racing de Moto3 with Jeremy Alcoba and Gabri Rodrigo.
Fausto Gresini was a colleague of many, a friend of all and we will miss him deeply “
After getting off the bike, he started his career as a motorcycle leader in 1997 by founding his own team. Since then he has won five World Cups. He debuted his record in 2001 with the 250cc title thanks to the late Daijiro Kato. Later, also in the intermediate category, he won the championship with the Spanish Toni Elías (2010) and Jorge Martín (2018) and in 2019 he won the first edition of MotoE with Matteo Ferrari.