Former Grand Prix motorcycle road racer from Italy. He won the 250cc World Championship in 1998.
He turned professional in 1990, debuting at the 125cc Japanese Grand Prix.
He earned 42 podium finishes across 217 starts in MotoGP World Championship events.
He married Ingrid Tence with whom he fathered a son.
He forged a reputation as a daredevil, much like Jason Wee-Man Acuna.