Formula One and Moto GP came together on Sunday in memory of Fausto Gresini following the San Marino natives death last month.
For the first time in history – and live worldwide – The Formula1 and MotoGP World Championship have joined together in the memory of Fausto Gresini by linking together the Portimao and Imola grids in what was a heartfelt goodbye to the Gresini Racing team principal.
Formula One Chairman and CEO Stefano Domenicali commented saying:
To remember Fausto Gresini means to scroll through some of the most beautiful sporting pages of our hometown Imola. The passion for motors and motorsports has tied us together from an early age. Fausto not only has been a World Champion, but also an incredible scout of extraordinary talents, who left their mark into two-wheeled motorsport. He will never be forgot.
CARMELO EZPELETA – CEO DORNA SPORTS said:
“Fausto has been, without a doubt, among those who most contributed in bringing MotoGP to the level it is now. He was first of all a good friend and one of those key figures of our paddock. With his charisma and smile, he built one of nicest and best equipped teams of the paddock, and my goal is to keep his memory alive. He left a great family both outside and inside the paddock and we will miss him a lot. We celebrated him in Qatar with a heartfelt minute of silence, and I think this shared event with Formula1 is the ultimate proof of how important his figure has been in the whole motorsport world.”
NADIA PADOVANI – GRESINI RACING TEAM OWNER commented saying:
“On behalf of myself, my kids and the whole Gresini Racing, I would like to thank, from the bottom of my heart, Stefano Domenicali and Carmelo Ezpeleta for having united the motorsport world to commemorate Fausto, a great man both in life and in the sport. We are immensely grateful and moved for this wonderful and unexpected tribute.”