Fausto Gresini Dies From Complications Arising From Covid-19

Fausto Gresini

Fausto Gresini, double world champion and long-standing Grand Prix team manager, died this morning as a result of complications arising from a Covid-19 infection. The 60-year-old Italian was being treated for Covid-19 in the intensive care unit of the Carlo Alberto Pizzardi hospital in Bologna, Italy.

Gresini had been diagnosed with Covid-19 shortly before Christmas 2020. His condition worsened sufficiently for him to be admitted to hospital shortly after Christmas. From there, his condition grew worse, occasionally showing only minor improvements, but the disease caused severe damage to his lungs, meaning he required help breathing for long periods of time. The toll from the disease mounted up, Gresini eventually succumbing to the complications arising from Covid-19.

Fausto Gresini was born in Imola, Italy, in 1961, and began racing at the age of 17, in an era where racers started at a much later age. He joined the Grand Prix paddock in 1983, racing an MBA, a Morbidelli 125. Gresini would go on to win two World Championships, in 1985 and 1987, and take 21 Grand Prix victories in the 125cc class. The Italian remained a 125cc specialist, never leaving the smallest Grand Prix class.

After his racing career ended before the start of the 1994 season, Gresini turned to team management, starting the eponymous Gresini Racing team in 1997. The Italian had major successes, winning championships with Daijiro Kato in the 250 class in 2001, with Toni Elias in Moto2 in 2010, and with Jorge Martin in Moto3 in 2018. He also had major success in the MotoGP class, winning races with Sete Gibernau and Marco Melandri.

Gresini had run the Aprilia factory MotoGP team for the Italian manufacturer since their official return to the class in 2015. Fausto Gresini was team manager for the operation, while Romano Albesiano and Massimo Rivola ran the Aprilia side of the organization.

Gresini's career was tinged with tragedy. Gresini was team manager for Daijiro Kato when the Japanese rider was killed at Suzuka in 2003. Gresini also had Marco Simoncelli as a rider in MotoGP in 2011, when the Italian was killed during the Malaysian Grand Prix at Sepang.

The MotoMatters.com team send their deepest condolences to the family, friends, and team colleagues of Fausto Gresini.

The statement from the Gresini Racing Team appears below:


The news we would have never wanted to give, and that unfortunately we are forced to share with all of you. After nearly two months battling against Covid, Fausto Gresini has sadly passed away, few days after turning 60.

All of Gresini Racing are close to Fausto’s family in support: his wife Nadia and the four children Lorenzo, Luca, Alice and Agnese... as well as everyone who had the chance to get to know him and love him throughout the years

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I am in tears at the loss of a friend and hero.  I feel deeply honoured to have been associated with Fausto since 2008, it's beyond comprehesion that he is gone. I couldn't even see him in 2020. Life can be very unfair.

I copy our note of condolence to the team here:

Dear Carlo and the entire Gresini team --

Words cannot express my grief at the loss of Fausto. Amidst all the turmoil and change in the MotoGP world, he was a rock.  A rare personality whose dedication and honesty were a beacon to all surrounding him - forging a team that was more than just a team: a family.

That this team has been touched with more than its due share of tragedy is an understatement. I had just gotten involved in the sport the year of the Kato crash, but even when we first got involved with the team in 2008 the pride and honour you still paid to Daijiro was abundant. Needless to say, being on hand at the 2011 Simoncelli catastrophe we witnessed the devastation first hand. The strength you and the team have shown in the wake of these apocalyptic events has been nothing short of awe inspiring.

Yes, a huge core of this strength emanated from Fausto himself, but if he was half the leader I saw him as, his strength will have permeated the entire team.  While your grief - which we all share deeply - may threaten to overwhelm; his strength and his pride will live on in the team and continue to leave those of us fortunate to have traveled even a tiny part of the path he blazoned deeply touched.  You have our unending support and love.

I am reminded of the day the memorial for Marco was laid at the Sepang circuit.  One of my greatest honours was to have been invited to join the Gresini team at the head of the procession to turn 11. Upon our return from the ceremony, I happened to step into the team hospitality together with Fausto. I said to him simply "Forza!"

His reply was equally poignant: "Ricordate sempre."

We will always remember

With love and condolences -

Gordon Howell and the Pole Position Travel team

Super sad, rest in peace Fausto.


Oh, and by the way, shame on that web site that jumped the gun yesterday, disgraceful sensationalism. They have form, too, not the first time they've behaved poorly.

Very sad news. Fausto, we thank you for all that you gave us and farewell in the eternal racetrack. Condolences to his family and all that were close. Ci ricorderemo di te.

Rest In Peace Fausto, you where a friendly person and had racing in your bones. Go to Marco, Nicky and all the others up there.

RIP Fausto, you gave your all. Thanks for the memories.

Very sad news and a life cut unfairly short. My thoughts are with his family, friends and the good times that he shared with us all.


Great man, great love of the sport and a great loss to all motorcycle fans. RIP dear friend! Keep racing in heaven. 

Seems a bit beside the point...do you think his family or anyone who knew him makes the distinction? Would he have passed if he didn't catch covid? No. So he died from/because of covid. If someone has a heart attack while a tiger is attacking them they died from the tiger.