Fausto Gresini, two-time 125cc champion in 1985 and 1987, has died this Tuesday from COVID-19 after more than 50 days fighting this virus in the ICU (Intensive Care Unit) of the Maggiore Carlo Alberto Pizzardi hospital (Bologna, Italy).
“The news that we never wanted to give you and that we are forced to write. After practically two months of fighting COVID-19, Fausto Gresini sadly leaves us at only 60 years old. All of Gresini Racing joins in feeling his 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 “, reads the statement provided by Gresini Racing with the title ‘Ciao Fausto’.
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
Gresini tested positive for COVID-19 before Christmas
Gresini, what in mid-December he confirmed the continuity of his training in the MotoGP World Championship until 2026 as well as from next year they will once again be an independent team for all purposes, tested positive for coronavirus days before Christmas Eve.
After a brief period of isolation at his residence, the Italian was admitted to the Santa Maria della Scaletta hospital (Imola, Italy) on December 27 after experiencing a notable deterioration in his physical condition. A significant decrease in blood oxygen saturation levels that they forced, days later, to transfer him to the specialized center of the Emilia-Romagna region, where he was induced to drug coma and received endotracheal intubation.
Gresini won 10 races in the 125cc class in 1987 with Garelli
Born in Imola 60 years ago, Fausto Gresini began his sports career with only 17 years old on the back of a Minarelli 50, Although his debut in 125cc did not take place until five years later with the MBA team. A season and a half full of ups and downs where Fausto never finished finding the consistency that he found in Garelli, a team with which he achieved 18 wins, six second places and five third places in 48 races, although above all, the 10 victories won in the 1987 season stand out. A milestone still in force today in the small category of the World Cup.
After hanging up the helmet and gloves, Gresini founded three years later his own team, Gresini Racing, a squad that in 2010 elevated Toni Elías to the Moto2 Olympio and in 2018 Jorge Martín to the Moto3 altars, while in the queen class he was on the verge of success on two occasions with Sete Gibernau (2003 and 2004). Rest in peace.