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Sport The drivers say goodbye: Reactions to the death of Fausto Gresini

17:40  23 february  2021
17:40  23 february  2021 Source:   motorsport-total.com

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Fausto Gresini mit Marco Simoncelli, der bereits 2011 sein Leben verlor © SIC 58 Squadra CORSE Fausto Gresini with Marco Simoncelli, who already lost his life in 2011

On Tuesday morning Fausto Gresini lost the fight against his COVID-19 disease ( more info ). For almost two months, Gresini was artificially ventilated in the intensive care unit of the clinic in Bologna. At 10:02 am, the doctors declared the 60-year-old Italian dead on February 23rd. This news sparked a wave of condolences.

Marco Melandri; Fausto Gresini © Honda Marco Melandri; Fausto Gresini

Aleix Espargaro, who has been riding for Fausto Gresini's team since the 2017 MotoGP season, comments: "I will always remember you as a friend and a true MotoGP fan. Heaven keep your smile, Fausto! I promise, that I will dedicate the first Aprilia podium to you! "

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With Marco Melandri, Gresini was runner-up in the 2005 MotoGP season. After the failed detour to Ducati and the end of Hayate / Kawasaki, Melandri came back to Gresini and fondly remembers the time: "Great Fausto, I can't thank you enough. In difficult times you were a friend and the best boss I've ever had, "writes Melandri.

Ex-champion Casey Stoner also commented on the death of the 60-year-old Italian: "The news from Fausto Gresini makes me sad. MotoGP has lost a great man. Our thoughts go with his family, friends and colleagues."

Moto2 rider Sam Lowes also rode for Fausto Gresini and thanks him for the opportunities: "Thank you for being such a great person and great friend. I will always cherish the memories and opportunities you have given me knowledge."

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Fausto Gresini won the Moto3 World Championship with Jorge Martin in the 2018 season. "Yesterday I expected the worst and today it became a reality," writes Martin. "Rest in peace, Fausto! You will always accompany me on my motorcycle."

Ducati test driver Michele Pirro started for Fausto Gresini in Moto2 and MotoGP. In the 2011 season, the year in which Gresini rider Marco Simoncelli had an accident, Pirro celebrated his only Grand Prix victory at the Moto2 season finale and was promoted to MotoGP in 2012. "I will always be grateful that you gave me the chance to advance into MotoGP. Say hello to 'Sic'."

Jorge Martin; Fausto Gresini © LAT Jorge Martin; Fausto Gresini

"That is the news that none of us wanted to hear," writes Moto3 rider Gabriel Rodrigo. "You were more than my boss. You were my friend. A friend who was always on my side and always believed in me."

"You gave me the unique chance to be part of your family and a part of your team. I share your passion and racing wherever you are. We will miss you very much, Faustino. For us you have always been the one Number one, "said Moto3 rider Gabriel Rodrigo.

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