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The Italian Fausto Gresini, twice 125cc world champion and then team manager, died this Tuesday at the age of 60 years in the Covid-19.

Fausto Gresini was an Italian motorbike rider and sports executive who was twice world champion in the 125cc category (1985 and 1987).

He made his world championship debut by competing in the 1982 Nations GP, which he didn’t finish due to a retirement.

In 1983 he ran the entire championship with the MBA in the 125 category. The 37 points he obtained in the overall classification didn’t convince his team and the following year he was transferred to Garelli, with whom Gresini won his first Grand Prix, in Sweden, finishing third overall (ahead of him Ángel Nieto and Eugenio Lazzarini) with 51 points.

Fausto Gresini, who has always raced in the 125 category, won his first world title in 1985: three wins (in Austria, Belgium and San Marino), five pole positions and 109 points. The following year, he won four GPs (in Spain, Europe, Sweden and Germany), but was only 12 lengths behind Luca Cadalora, who became world champion.

In 1987, Gresini took his revenge: he won 10 of the 11 races on the calendar (all except the one in Portugal, where he had a puncture when he was well in the lead) and became 125cc champion again after collecting 150 points. In 1988, an injury kept him off the track and he lost his competitiveness in the races. Shortly after the end of the season, he divorced Garelli, who had already found a replacement for him.

In 1989, he moved to Aprilia: with the other Italian company, he had an anonymous season, with a 5th place in the overall classification with 102 points. In 1990, he moved to Honda, with whom he had another serious accident after a crash: he was only second to Loris Capirossi, who won the world championship that year. In 1991, the two men fought without any team strategy, but it was Capirossi who again took the first place in the overall classification, 19 lengths behind Gresini (200 points at 181; that year, Gresini won the races in Italy and Austria).

In 1992, Gresini is again second in the overall classification, after winning a race in Great Britain and collecting 118 points. His last two seasons as a rider (1993 and 1994), again with Honda and again in the 125cc class, have seen Gresini consistently off the podium. Shortly before the start of the 1995 season, he announced his retirement from GP racing.

In 1997, after his retirement, he founded Gresini Racing, which still competes in the MotoGP world championship. As team manager he has won three world titles in the minor categories: in 250 with the Japanese Daijirō Katō in MotoGP in 2001, with Toni Elias in Moto2 in 2010 and in 2018 with Jorge Martín in Moto 3. He and his team took part without interruption in the MotoGP premier class from 2002 to 2020 (until 2014 with Honda, from 2015 with Aprilia) and the best seasons were 2004 and 2005, ending with second and third place in the world championship with Sete Gibernau, Colin Edwards and Marco Melandri.

On 27 December 2020 he was admitted to the Maggiore Hospital in Bologna due to the worsening of his state of health after contracting COVID-19. After an initial improvement, on 18 February 2021, his condition suddenly worsened, forcing doctors to resort to new sedation and new therapies to combat a serious inflammation of the lungs. He died on February 23rd at the age of 60.

Page automatically translated from French with DeepL®

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