Fausto Gresini, the former motorcycle world champion, here in 2011. -
MOHD RASFAN / AFP
Italian Fausto Gresini, double 125cc motorcycle speed world champion in 1985 and 1987 and boss of the eponymous team, died at the age of 60 as a result of Covid-19, his team announced on Tuesday.
47 career podiums
“This is news that we would never have wanted to give but alas, we have to share it with all of you.
After nearly two months of fighting the Covid, Fausto Gresini unfortunately passed away a few days after turning 60 ”(January 23), she said in a press release.
He had been hospitalized since December 27, first at his home in Imola and then in Bologna (northern Italy), after being infected with the coronavirus shortly before the Christmas holidays. He suffered from severe and persistent respiratory failure .
A successful team manager
Gresini, born in 1961, drove in the World Cup in the 125 cm category between 1983 and 1994, signing 47 podiums, including 21 victories, and 17 pole positions in 133 Grands Prix.
He was also vice-world champion in 1986, 1991 and 1992. In 1997, he created his own team, currently involved in the three categories of the motorcycle Grand Prix, notably with the Italian manufacturer Aprilia among the elite of the MotoGP.
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