Dr Nicola Cilloni, overseeing the treatment of MotoGP team boss Fausto Gresini, says that the 59-year-old 's condition is 'still serious' with his lungs 'hit hard by the disease [Covid] and an overlapping infection'.

Gresini - described by his son as previously fit and healthy, with no serious underlying medicial conditions - was hospitalised in Imola on December 27 before being moved to the intensive care unit of a Bologna hospital on December 30, where he continues to battle low blood-oxygen levels caused by Covid-related respiratory problems.

The former double 125cc world champion's condition had been steadily improving since being awoken from a pharmaceutical coma until he suffered a high fever last weekend. 

Fausto's son Lorenzo reports that treatment of the fever has been successful and that he is 'stable', although Gresini - who had been 'fully conscious', allowing him to take part to his daughter's birthday via a video call and receive a visit from his wife - is now heavily sedated.

Dr Cilloni provided the following medical update: “Fausto's general conditions are unfortunately still serious. The lungs hit hard by the disease and by an overlapping infection are able to give oxygen to the blood only [when] aided by the mechanical ventilation machine.

"It is still necessary to keep Fausto asleep almost always to allow the mechanical fan to work properly. When he is periodically awakened, he is conscious and combative”.

The Gresini team is using the hashtag #GETWELLSOONFAUSTO for those wishing to pass on messages of support to the Italian.

 

Provisional 2021 MotoGP Calendar

Round

Date

Race

Circuit

1

28 March

Qatar

Losail

2

11 April

Argentina

Termas de Rio Hondo

3

18 April

Americas

COTA

4

2 May

Spain

Jerez

5

16 May

France

Le Mans

6

30 May

Italy

Mugello

7

6 June

Catalunya

Barcelona

8

20 June

Netherlands

Assen

9

27 June

Germany

Sachsenring

10

11 July

Finland*

KymiRing

11

 

To Be Decided

 

12

15 August

Austria

Red Bull Ring

13

29 August

Great Britain

Silverstone

14

12 September

Aragon

Aragon

15

19 September

San Marino e Della Riviera di Rimini

Misano

16

3 October

Japan

Motegi

17

10 October

Thailand

Buriram

18

24 October

Australia

Phillip Island

19

31 October

Malaysia

Sepang

20

14 November

Comunitat Valenciana

Ricardo Tormo

 

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