The Gresini staff is making ready to conclude a very troublesome yr, its founder and boss Fausto Gresini, struck by COVID-19, having misplaced his life just a few weeks earlier than the beginning of the season. This drama deeply upset the members of the Italian staff and even nearly capsized the latter, which remained afloat because of the involvement of the household of Fausto Gresini, his widow Nadia Padovani within the lead.
“2021 has been a really troublesome yr for us thus far”, stated Carlo Merlini, gross sales director of the staff, in a press convention in Misano. “It began in February with the lack of Fausto, which created an enormous void, each emotionally and professionally. This void he left was so nice that we typically thought we would not make it. It solely lasted a really quick time, as a result of instantly afterwards, Fausto’s household, Nadia and everybody, needed to rise up, get entangled and advance his dream, his initiatives, his legacy. “
“Trying again just a few months, trying again, the one different possibility would have been to give up. Wouldn’t it have been higher? I believe everyone seems to be now joyful to see that Workforce Gresini remains to be within the paddock and proceed this undertaking. It has been crucial for us to obtain the assistance and help of everybody within the paddock, and I want to particularly thank Dorna and Carmelo [Ezpeleta, promoteur du championnat], who’ve all the time been near us, who supported us and pushed us to proceed, in addition to the sponsors, who continued to belief us. “
Nadia Padovani and her sons, Lorenzo and Luca Gresini
Inside just a few weeks, a brand new path was put in place, involving Nadia Padovani and two of the kids she had with Fausto Gresini: Lorenzo Gresini obtained concerned in administrative issues and Luca Gresini took a task in sports activities administration. . There are at present no plans to vary this group chart and appoint a brand new staff supervisor.
“It has been an actual transition this yr to discover a new steadiness within the staff. The household has taken over to maneuver ahead with the human sources we’ve got. We do not know. ‘Sooner or later, if we notice we’d like a frontrunner, we’ll speak about it, however for now we’re persevering with that approach. “
Aleix Espargaró stepped onto the rostrum at Silverstone, a aim he set himself in the beginning of the yr to pay tribute to Fausto Gresini: “The outcomes on the monitor had been good. I am certain Fausto would have beloved to see Aprilia get on the rostrum after seven years of working collectively. We additionally obtained again to profitable methods in Moto2. So I hope he’s watching us. up there and applaud what we’re doing for him too. “
Huge modifications for Gresini in 2022
The Gresini staff will, nonetheless, change dramatically subsequent yr. It’s going to separate from Aprilia, which may have its personal construction, to enter two Ducatis entrusted to Enea Bastianini and Fabio Di Giannantonio, who’ve already ridden for the Italian staff in Moto3, the second nonetheless sporting his colours in Moto2 this yr. This undertaking, initiated by Fausto Gresini a yr in the past, will permit the staff to embark on a brand new problem.
“I’m very enthusiastic”, Merlini stated. “After seven years of partnership with Aprilia, whom we thank for what they’ve accomplished with us, a brand new chapter [s’ouvre] and it is all the time a brand new problem, all the time thrilling. We’re joyful to have introduced in June our partnership with Ducati and the return of Enea. Now we have identified him for a very long time, he rode with us in Moto3. And we’re upgrading Fabio Di Giannantonio to the premier class. So every little thing seems constructive, we’re very excited for the approaching yr. “
Enea Bastianini and Fabio Di Giannantonio
Gresini is at this time the one construction current within the three classes of the World Championship in addition to in MotoE. Returning to a totally impartial staff that may not be capable of depend on Aprilia’s technical and monetary help, Gresini has determined with remorse to depart Moto3 on the finish of the season.
“We now have 4 groups, one in every class, together with MotoE, and that involvement is large.”, Merlini recalled. “With Fausto, already, we due to this fact thought that given the truth that the MotoGP undertaking was coming again underneath our management, whereas at this time we’re managing it with Aprilia, to proceed in 4 classes might need been an excessive amount of.”
“So we determined to surrender Moto3, which is a disgrace as a result of it’s a class through which we’ve got achieved good outcomes, particularly the championship victory with Jorge Martín in 2018. However we needed to maintain Moto2, as a result of it ‘could be very strategic, it’s the gateway to MotoGP. And MotoE will proceed as effectively, in order that will likely be our dedication for subsequent yr. “
With Léna Buffa