Sad news from Italy: On Sunday, Aurelio Longoni, who was popular in the MotoGP paddock and beyond, who had been Race Manager for the chain manufacturer Regina for decades, died at the age of 71.

Aurelio Longoni, who came from Dolzago near Lecco in Lombardy, has worked for “Regina Chain” on the world’s race tracks since 1974, from the Tourist Trophy to the motorcycle world championship to motocross. He worked closely with teams and stars such as Giacomo Agostini, Barry Sheene, Mike Hailwood and Valentino Rossi for almost five decades.

Last Sunday, July 4th, Longoni passed away at the age of 71. The sympathy in the MotoGP paddock is great. Teams like Sky VR46 and Gresini Racing remembered Aurelio with short posts on social networks and expressed their condolences to his relatives. The same goes for the president of the Italian motorcycle association FMI, Giovanni Copioli.

The motorcycle racing manager Carlo Pernat found emotional farewell words: “Ciao Aurelio. You just left us without saying anything. You will always stay with me, with your natural friendliness and professionalism. The paddock will be empty without you. “