At the season-ending FIM Superbike World Championship round in Estoril, former Yamaha WorldSBK racer, Alessandro Gramigni, took the special ‘Piro’ Replica R1 for a tribute lap, in memory of Pirovano’s final WorldSBK victory with Yamaha the last time the championship visited the Portuguese circuit back in 1993. Fabrizio’s former partner Silvia and his two daughters, Michela and Francesca, were also in attendance as Yamaha’s guests and joined Gramigni on the grid ahead of the tribute.
"Fabrizio Pirovano has been a rider, but even more, a person who has left indelible and special memories in the WorldSBK and Yamaha families," said Yamaha Motor Europe Road Racing Manager Andrea Dosoli. "Returning to Estoril 27 years after Fabrizio’s last WorldSBK victory with Yamaha has been a unique opportunity for all of us to remember him.
"It was a special celebration, shared with several friends and Fabrizio’s family, confirming how much loved he was. All of this, during the most successful race weekend for Yamaha in recent years, gave us the feeling that the 'King of Monza' was there at our side."