Fausto Gresini - 2005 Rider Profile
Profiles | 2005
As a rider he has won two World Titles and 21 Grand
Prix in the 125 cc class, as a Team Manager he can
boast more success including a World title and 26
victories for a total of 68 podiums. The career
of Fausto Gresini is one highlighted by both sporting
and professional success.
As many do, Fausto began racing quite young when
at 17 years of age, he begins to work in a mechanics
workshop. He debuts on the race tracks with a Minarelli
50 in 1978, and in 1983 he enters the World championship
with a Garelli. To begin with bike racing was just
for fun, a passion, but then, with his professional
growth, his goals started to change and he achieved
his first results.
During his riding career, Fausto Gresini won two
World Championship titles in the 125cc class in
1985 and 1987. For three years he was Vice world
champion of 125's: in 1986 with Garelli and in 1991
and 1992 with Honda. He has obtained 21 victories
and raced in 132 Grand Prix with 15 second places
and 11 third places. He detains, together with Nieto,
the record of 11 straight victories in the 125 class,
obtained in 1986 and 1987. His is the record of
the most victories in one season in 125: 10, in
The Team Manager;
After ten years of riding in the 125 class, Fausto
Gresini decides to retire as a rider from professional
racing but to pursue his passion and work as a Team
In 1997 he debuts with his own team together with
Fabrizio Cecchini, manager of the entire technical
department and already engineer to Alex Barros with
the Pileri Team. They enter the 500 cc World Championship
with Alex Barros on a Honda NSR V standard two-cylinder.
Alex's podium, together with the team's ninth place
in the Championship gives credit to the Team directed
by Fausto Gresini through Honda, who the next year
entrusts him with a NSR 500.
From this moment his career is a crescendo of hard
work, results and satisfaction. In just a few years
his team becomes one of the most affirmed top teams
of the World championship with prestigious sporting
results as the World championship title with Daijiro
Kato in the 250cc class and two Vice World Championship
titles in MotoGP with Sete Gibernau. Off the track
Gresini is able to maintain the trust of the leading
Motorcycle manufacturer in the world, Honda, by
strengthening an already affirmed partnership.
The base of all his hard work is his passion for
bikes. This is what brings him to pass long nights
in the office aiming for perfection with close attention
to even the tiniest detail.
To gain and maintain the trust of the winged manufacturer
passion is not enough; you need to have a winning,
professional and scrupulous work system in harmony
"We are precise in everything, Italian with our
mentality a bit Japanese in our work system" comments
Fausto Gresini, "but above all there is the love
for this job, for racing, for the people who work
A characteristic that Fausto has passed on to all
those who work on his team as they are always striving
for something new, something better, more functional:
the trucks, the tools, the furnishings of the garages
and hospitality areas.
Even though he is a successful racer and business
man, Fausto Gresini is still a simple, genuine,
coherent and correct man who lives of passion and
dedicates all his free time to his wife Nadia, and
two sons Luca and Lorenzo. He loves hunting and
fishing, good Italian food and being in great company.
"During my brief career I would have never thought
to achieve this type of success at these levels.
It's a chain that pulls you to look forward, to
better yourself both on and off the track. In the
end though, I feel as if I am just the same guy.
It's the values you believe in that help you grow
and make you respected".
Born: 23/01/61, Imola, Italia
Fausto Gresini's rider records;
1979 - He makes his professional debut as a rider
1983 - He makes his debut in the 125cc World Championship
on a 125 MBA, ending up in the ninth overall position.
He takes part in the Italian Championship on a 125
Garelli and finishes second.
1984 - On a Garelli he wins his first GP at Anderstop
in Sweden. He ends up third in the 125 cc Championship.
He takes part in 50 cc and 125cc Italian Championship
on a Garelli and finishes second and third respectively
with two victories.
1985 - He is the World champion on a Garelli in
the 125 cc Class. He wins three Gp's (Australia,
Belgium and San Marino and begins five times from
pole position. He is again second in the Italian
1986 - He wins four GP's (Spain, Italy, Sweden,
Germany) and finishes second in the championship
after his team mate Luca Cadalora (Garelli 125).
He comes in 4th in the Italian Championship.
1987 - He is the absolute winner of the season
with the 125 Garelli: he wins ten races in a row
as well as the World title for the second time.
He obtains two victories in the Italian Championship
1988 - The new Garelli 125 bike is not what he
expected and after a very disappointing season he
ends up 21st over all.
1989 - He moves to Aprilia 125 and ends up fifth
1990 - His first contact with Honda and finishes
7th in the 125 championship.
1991 - He wins 2 GP's with Honda 125 and ends
up second behind Capirossi.
1992 - He wins at Donnington on a Honda 125 and
is reconfirmed Vice world Champion.
1993 - He arrives 13th overall with Honda.
1994 - He finishes 16th with Honda 125 and decides
to retire from racing.
Fausto Gresini's Team Manager records
1996 - From rider to Team Manager, in December
1996 he starts Gresini Racing
1997 - He makes his debut as Team manager with
Alex Barros on a two-cylinder Honda NSR V in the
500cc championship and ends the season in 9th place
1998 - Same rider but a different bike, Barros
concludes 5th on a Honda NSR 500.
1999 - The bike is a Honda NSR250 and the rider
is Loris Capiprossi. With three victories and six
podiums he is 3rd in the Championship (Team Elf
2000 - Honda entrusts him with the new NSR 250
and the young Daijiro Kato. With 4 victories and
5 podiums, Kato comes in 3rd overall (Team Axo Honda
Gresini, riders Kato and Alzamora/NSR 250 and Philippe/TSR
2001 - Daijiro Kato is World Champion in 250 with
11 victories out of 16 races. His team mate Emilio
Alzamora finishes 7th (Team Telefonica Movistar
Honda with Kato/Alzamora NSR 250)
2002 - With Honda RC211V Daijiro Kato concludes
his Championship earning the "Rookie of the year
award". In 250 Rolfo earns a 3rd place and Alzamora
7th. (Team Fortuna Honda with Kato NSR/500 and Rolfo
and Alzamora/ NSR 250)
2003 - The season begins with the tragic accident
of Kato Daijiro in Suzuka. His team mate, Sete Gibernau
dedicates to him 4 victories. With ten podiums Sete
earns the title of Vice World Champion (Team Telefonica
MoviStar Honda on a RC211V)
2004 - The Team Telefonica MoviStar Honda lines
up Sete Gibernau and Colin Edwards on the RC211V
for the 2004 season. Gibernau re-conquers the title
of Vice World Champion of MotoGP. The Texan, twice
World champion of SBK, finishes 5th.
2005 - The Team Movistar Honda lines up Sete Gibernau
and Marco Melandri, ex 250 World Champion, on Honda's