Honda Racing Corporation, which supported Fausto Gresini as a grand prix rider and later team owner, has released the following statement after the MotoGP team boss passed away from a Covid-related illness in hospital.

Having achieved grand prix wins as a 125cc rider for Honda,Gresini went on to enjoy his greatest success as a team owner in partnership with the Japanese factory - winning the 2001 250GP title with Daijiro Kato, the 2018 Moto3 crown with Jorge Martin and finishing MotoGP title runner-up on three occasions with Sete Gibernau and Marco Melandri.

'HRC are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Fausto Gresini at 60 years old, a man who achieved great heights as a rider and as a team owner.

'Hailing from Imola, Italy, Fausto Gresini made his World Championship debut in 1983 in the 125cc class, where he would race his entire career as a lightweight specialist.

'Taking the World Championship in 1985 and 1987, Gresini would join Honda in 1990 until his retirement from racing in 1994. During this time, he claimed three wins and twice finished as World Championship runner-up.

'Just a few years later Fausto Gresini would return to the paddock as a satellite Honda team owner in the premier class with Alex Barros.

'His team would expand in the coming years to compete in both the 500cc and 250cc classes, achieving a first World Championship as a team owner in 2001 with Daijiro Kato on the Honda NSR250.

'Successes would continue, from 2003 to 2005 a Gresini Honda rider finished as the MotoGP World Championship runner up, twice with Sete Gibernau and then with Marco Melandri.

'As a satellite Honda team, Fausto worked with a number of iconic riders including Colin Edwards, Toni Elias, Alex De Angelis, Marco Simoncelli, Hiroshi Aoyama and Alvaro Bautista.

'In recent years, Gresini’s Moto3 effort has been able to challenge consistently for the World Championship and in 2018 Jorge Martin took the Honda NSF250RW to the top of the standings.

'HRC would like to thank Fausto for his years of collaboration as a rider, a team owner, a partner and as a competitor.'

After campaigning Hondas in MotoGP from 2002-2014, Gresini Racing became the factory Aprilia entry the following year.

The Italian team will return to Independent status in 2022, with a to-be-announced manufacturer.

 

Provisional 2021 MotoGP Calendar

Round

Date

Race

Circuit

1

28 March

Qatar (Evening race)

Losail

2

4 April

Doha (Evening race)

Losail

3

18 April

Portugal

Portimao

4

2 May

Spain

Jerez

5

16 May

France

Le Mans

6

30 May

Italy

Mugello

7

6 June

Catalunya

Barcelona

8

20 June

Germany

Sachsenring

9

27 June

Netherlands

Assen

10

11 July

Finland (Subject to homologation)

KymiRing

11

15 August

Austria

Red Bull Ring

12

29 August

Great Britain

Silverstone

13

12 September

Aragon

Aragon

14

19 September

San Marino e Della Riviera di Rimini

Misano

15

3 October

Japan

Motegi

16

10 October

Thailand

Buriram

17

24 October

Australia

Phillip Island

18

31 October

Malaysia

Sepang

19

14 November

Comunitat Valenciana

Ricardo Tormo

Postponed Grands Prix:
 11 AprilArgentinaTermas
 18 AprilAmericasCOTA
Reserve Grand Prix Venues:
  Indonesia (Subject to homologation)Mandalika
  RussiaIgora Drive
2021 Pre-season Testing:
 5 MarchQatar Shakedown TestLosail
 6-7 MarchQatar Official TestLosail
 10-12 MarchQatar Official TestLosail
 
 

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