Fausto Gresini has been admitted to hospital after contracting the virus during the Christmas holidays.© Twitter
Italian Fausto Gresini, two-time 125cc world champion and owner of the MotoGP team, died of coronavirus at the age of 60, his team announced on Tuesday. Gresini Racing announced on Twitter “the news that we never wanted to give, and that unfortunately we are obliged to share with you all.
“After nearly two months of fighting Covid, Fausto Gresini sadly passed away, a few days after turning 60. #CiaoFausto.”
Gresini won the 125cc motorcycle world championship in 1985 and 1987 before forming his own team.
He was admitted to hospital on December 27 first in Imola and then to Maggiore Hospital in Bologna, suffering from severe and persistent respiratory problems after contracting the virus during the Christmas holidays.
Born in 1961, he competed in the 125cc category between 1983 and 1994, winning 21 Grands Prix with 47 podiums and 17 pole positions in 133 races, finishing three times vice-champion.
After his retirement, he created his own team that competes in all three divisions with Italian manufacturer Aprilia among the elite of MotoGP.
Gresini Racing has had a recent tragic history with former Japanese 250cc world champion Daijiro Kato who died after an accident during the 2003 Japanese Grand Prix.
Tragedy struck again in October 2011 when Italian driver Marco Simoncelli died following an accident at the Malaysian Grand Prix.
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