Kawasaki Provec Racing's Joan Lascorz is still being evaluated by doctors regarding his chances of 'gaining mobility' following a serious accident at Imola.
Lascorz remains in the Intensive Care unit at the Vall d'Hebron Hospital in Barcelona after falling during the official World Superbike test at the Italian circuit following the second round of the championship on April 2.
The Spaniard suffered damage to the C6 vertebra and underwent a 'lengthy and delicate' operation to reposition his spine at Bologna's Maggiore Hospital before being transferred to hospital in Spain.
The has been much speculation since the accident over his condition, but an article on the official World Superbike website appears to be the first formal admission that the Kawasaki rider could be paralysed as a result of his injuries.
The article states: 'With doctors still evaluating the situation regarding the possibility of Lascorz recovering his mobility, a press release was issued by the Provec Racing team yesterday [Wednesday] saying that vital support systems would be removed today [Thursday] to allow the Spanish rider to breathe autonomously.'
On Wednesday, a statement released by Kawasaki Provec Racing said the full extent of Lascorz's injuries could not be assessed until he is woken from an induced coma.
“Until the doctors wake Joan and the neurologists are able to gather the relevant evidence, the exact extent of the injury and his chances of recovery cannot be established,” said the statement.