Milan, Italy-125cc double world champion and MotoGP team owner Fausto Gresini of Italy has died of a 60-year-old coronavirus, his team announced on Tuesday.
Gresini Racing said on Twitter: “It’s news we never wanted to tell you, and unfortunately we’re forced to share it with you.
“Almost two months after the fight with Covid, Fausto Gresini died sadly a few days after he turned 60. #CiaoFausto.”
Gresini made his own clothes after winning the 125cc World Championships in Bikes in 1985 and 1987.
He was first admitted to Imola on December 27, then to Maggiore Hospital in Bologna, and suffered from severe and persistent respiratory distress after being infected with the virus during the Christmas holidays.
Born in 1961, he competed in the 125cc category from 1983 to 1994, winning 47 podiums in 133 races, 21 Grand Prix in 17 pole positions and three deputy champions.
After retiring, he set up his own team among the MotoGP elite to compete with the Italian constructor Aprilia in all three divisions.
Gresini Racing has a tragic recent history of the death of former Japanese 250cc world champion Daijiro Kato after a crash at the 2003 Japan Grand Prix.
Tragedy struck again in October 2011 when Italian rider Marco Simoncelli died in an accident at the Malaysian Grand Prix.
MotoGP team boss Gresini dies of coronavirus at age 60
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