Fausto Gresini , a former motorcycle racer and two-time 125cc world champion, has died at 60 years of age after several months affected by coronavirus .
Former Italian motorcycle racer and two-time 125cc world champion, Fausto Gresini, has died at the age of 60 after several months affected by coronavirus.
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A tireless runner with a lot of character, his duels with his compatriot Luca Cadalora starred for much of the 80s, and his spectacular season of 1987 remains to be remembered, when he won 10 of the 11 races of the season and crashed in the last race.
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As head of his own team, Gresini Racing, he has won four world championships with Daijiro Kato (2001, 250cc), Toni Elías (2010, Moto2), Jorge Martín (2018, Moto3) and Matteo Ferrari (2019, MotoE). He lived in first person several tragedies, such as the death of Marco Simoncelli , whom Gresini had great affection for.
The former pilot had been admitted to a hospital since the end of December 2020. Although he had several serious relapses that forced him to induce a coma, he recovered and was even on the floor. However, a sudden worsening of his situation forced him to undergo sedation again to try to save him, although without success.
Controversy with the early leak of his death
Late on February 22, several Italian media announced the death of the former world champion, several hours before it occurred.
Gresini had been fighting the coronavirus for months and the sudden worsening of his health made him fear the worst, to the point that team sources had already leaked to various media that it was very likely that he would not pass the weekend.
Fausto Gresini, in an interview. Fausto Gresini, in critical condition due to complications from Covid.
Sky Sports, the Gazetta, Motorsport and even agencies like EFE announced Gresini’s death, and the networks were flooded with messages of condolences, from fans to renowned journalists. Minutes after media from all over the world echoed this information, from the Gresini team’s own networks they launched a tweet denying that their boss had died, although he was in “critical condition . ”
This leak blew up several members of the paddock of the Motorcycle World Championship, with furious criticism of the media in general and those who had launched the news as confirmed in particular. Especially hard was Lorenzo Gresini , son of the ex-driver:
“I want to thank the press who have been so tactful when communicating an unverified news. You are vultures . My great father is very ill, but today will not be his day,” he wrote in their networks.
Hours later, he had to mourn the loss of his father, already confirmed.