Fausto Gresini remains on a mechanical ventilator in the intensive care unit of a Bologna hospital as he battles 'severe respiratory insufficiency' caused by Covid 19.

The MotoGP team owner - first admitted to hospital in Imola on December 27, before being moved to a specialist Covid ward in Bologna on December 30 - is no longer in a pharmacological coma and, while sedated, is 'quite conscious'.

But 'interstitial pneumonia' is still present and the 59-year-old Italian continues to require the mechanical ventilator in order to generate the required amount of oxygen in his blood.

“Fausto Gresini's general health conditions are still characterised by severe respiratory insufficiency," said Dr Nicola Cilloni of the Alberto Pizzardi Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit in Bologna.

"Tests performed revealed that interstitial pneumonia is still present and requires mechanical ventilation and moderate sedation to be maintained. This allows to keep the amount of oxygen in the blood sufficient."

Gresini, a double world champion as a rider and then three more times as a team boss, currently oversees entries in all three motorcycle grand prix classes as well as the MotoE World Cup.

His MotoGP team recently became the first Independent outfit to confirm its place on the 2022 grid, courtesy of a new five-year deal with IRTA, when the team will also end its role as Aprilia's factory team and return to satellite status using to-be-announced machinery.

 

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