After the 2020 WorldSBK finale at Estoril, where Pirovano’s close friend Alessandro Gramigni took the replica R1 for a tribute lap, the bike was put up for auction to the highest bidder.
It was sold to an anonymous buyer, with all of the €27,000 now being donated to cancer research charity Fondazione Oncologia Niguarda Onlus, which the Pirovano family has supported since Fabrizio’s passing.
The ‘Piro’ Replica R1 is based on a standard Yamaha R1, featuring the famous white, pink and blue livery of Pirovano’s race-winning #5 Yamaha YZF 750 SP. The Italian contested the early years of WorldSBK with Yamaha, finishing runner-up on two occasions. He retired in 2006 and sadly passed away from cancer in 2016.