The former Italian pilot Fausto Gresini, Gresini Racing MotoGP Team Principal, died this Monday at age 60 in a hospital in Bologna as a result of a coronavirus infection.
Gresini was hospitalized in Bologna since last December due to severe respiratory failure and was in critical condition in recent days, as reported on February 18 from the health center.
The 125cc world champion in 1985 and 1987 had given positive for COVID-19 shortly before the Christmas holidays and, after spending an initial period of isolation at home, entered on December 27 at the Santa Maria della Scaletta hospital in Imola.
A few days later was transferred to the Maggiore Carlo Alberto Pizzard specialized centeri of Bologna, where he entered the Intensive Care Unit with very low levels of oxygen saturation in the blood, he was induced into a drug coma and received endotracheal intubation to aid oxygenation of the organs, as reported at the time.
In his successful sports career, Gresini founded his own team in 1997 and won the Moto2 world title in 2010 with the Spanish Toni Elías. In MotoGP achieved his best results in 2004 and in 2005, when he finished second and third with the Spanish Sete Gibernau, the American Colin Edwards and Marco Melandri.