The world of MotoGP gathers around Fausto Gresini’s family. The death of the manager from Romagna has shocked the paddock.
The MotoGP paddock gathers around Fausto Gresini‘s family. The news of the death shocked friends and fans, social networks are literally invaded by messages of condolence. The World Championship loses a former champion, an extraordinary manager. “I didn’t expect the bad news about Fausto Gresini – declared Enea Bastianini – I thought it was serious but not up to this point. It is a very sad day, but I want to remember him as a winner, a person who never gave up, a very strong character. It helped me a lot especially in my early years in the World Championship, he was like a dad in the paddock for me. A serious loss for everyone“. If you want to read more about his death and career we have just published this article.
THE STORY OF DAVIDE BULEGA
The words of Davide Bulega, with his son Nicolò linked to the Gresini team in Moto2, are really touching. “Fausto, I personally met him a couple of years ago… I met him to talk about my son’s contract. During the 2020 season, I have two particular memories. The first when there was the first lockdown in March 2020. He phoned me to tell me to rest assured about the signing of Nicoló who, despite COVID, would not have left us in trouble, with a more advantageous formula for us than for his team. Because for him the employees and his pilots were a family. The second episode was on 7 August 2020 in Brno. Fausto wanted to talk to me on the truck. Nicoló was not going well and the results were not coming… and he told me: “Davide, on behalf of my company I have a duty to apologize if I was not able to give Nicoló a competitive bike”. He has no responsibility and I have full confidence in his qualities and talent. The fault is ours!“.
APRILIA RIDERS’ MESSAGES
Fausto Gresini left a particular mark on Aprilia. Aleix Espargarò will have one more reason to chase the podium. “I will always remember you as a friend and a true MotoGP fan, keep smiling in heaven Fausto! I promise you to dedicate the first Aprilia podium to you!”. His box mate Lorenzo Savadori: “Fausto in these few years you have done so much for me and I have not reciprocated as I would have liked… I love you so much”. Former Aprilia rider Andrea Iannone: “I couldn’t have received worse news. We worked and dreamed together. I will always carry Fausto in my heart”.
THE MOURNING OF THE TEAMS
Many social messages also arrive from the premier class teams. “It is a sad day for Motorsport. – writes Ducati Corse – Fausto Gresini is dead and we are deeply saddened. All our thoughts are with his family, friends and team during this difficult time“. The Iwata house remembers the former champion as follows: “Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd., Yamaha Motor Racing Srl and all the members of the Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP team are deeply saddened by the passing of the two-time 125cc Grand Prix World Champion. , owner of the MotoGP World Championship racing team, esteemed MotoGP colleague and dear friend Fausto Gresini. We offer our deepest condolences to the Gresini family, as well as to the Gresini Racing team“.
Even Razlan Razali’s Petronas SRT team can’t keep silent about the bad news. “We are really saddened by the death of Fausto Gresini. Our condolences and thoughts go out to his family, team and all those close to him. The paddock will never be the same without you”. From KTM Tech3: “Without words! Devastated! This is how we feel now. We can’t believe we lost Fausto, an incredible partner, an incredible fighter, one of our great players. We shared so many hard and beautiful moments together, we worked hard to bring MotoGP to where it is now, our paddock owes it a lot. Our deepest condolences to his family and to the whole Gresini Team. Thank you for what you have done, for what you have always been”.
OTHER MOTOGP DRIVERS’ WORDS
Miguel Oliveira writes: “Today our community is mourning the tremendous loss of an extraordinary man who has done so much for this sport.” The new MotoGP champion Joan Mir: “A very sad news for the entire family of motorcycle racing. RIP Fausto. Our thoughts go to his family and the Gresini Racing Team”. Jorge Martin won a title with Gresini in 2018. “Yesterday I expected the worst and today it has arrived. Rest in peace Fausto! I’ll always take you with me on the bike”. And Maverick Vinales: “My condolences to the family. You will always be with us, Fausto“.