"Hello love, you lived the last two months of your life in hell, but you never gave up and you fought with all your strength to get home to us, because you told us we were your strength. We stay on track. and we will show the world who Gresini Racing is ".
These are the words with which his wife Nadia and children Lorenzo, Alice, Agnese and Luca remembered Fausto Gresini, the motorcycling champion, founder and team principal of Gresini Racing who died on February 23, in Bologna, at the age of 60 after a long hospitalization due to Covid-19.
This morning, in his city, Imola, inside the racetrack which for him was a second home, the funeral was celebrated privately, but in live streaming to allow people to give a last farewell, without gatherings, to a much loved champion.
The memory opened with a minute of silence, introduced by the mayor of the Municipality of Romagna, Marco Panieri, which was broadcast through the cable radio system in the historic center, followed by the roar of his motorcycles.
On the stage, with the coffin in the center and set up with photos of a lifetime, the helmet, the suit, white and blue flowers and his Garelli motorcycle, the messages of his wife were read, through a friend of Fausto, and then of the son, who could not hold back tears.
During the live show, the former motorcyclist Loris Capirossi also remembered him.
"A real man, with balls, who had a solution for every problem. You are the engine of this family. You are missing like air. Destiny was really cruel to you", the words of Lorenzo Gresini.
"A great man, who has shown so much in our city. Today is the time of remembrance, tomorrow will be the time to write something indelible in this structure", said finally the mayor Panieri.