More positive news has emerged from the intensive care unit of the Maggiore Carlo Alberto Pizzardi hospital in Bologna, where MotoGP team boss Fausto Gresini is being treated for severe respiratory problems after contracting Covid in late December.

Having previously been woken from a pharmaceutical coma, then having his level of sedation moderated further, the former 125cc world champion is now described by his team as 'fully conscious and aware'.

That also allowed him to take part in his daughter's birthday via a video call and then receive a visit from his wife for the first time since December 27. For now, the 59-year-old Italian continues to breathe with the aid of a mechanical ventilator.

“Fausto Gresini's general clinical conditions - albeit still fragile – are improving," confirmed Doctor Nicola Cilloni, who has been providing frequent medical updates on the MotoGP team manager.

"He is awake and very cooperative; he is still aided by the breathing machine but has begun with physiotherapy already.

"Today's visit by his wife Nadia, whom he welcomed with great emotion, has surely strengthened his already well-known great determination.”

Gresini, the only MotoGP team boss known to have contracted Covid, was diagnosed just before Christmas.

After intitally self-isolating at home, Gresini's deteriorating condition required admission to hospital in Imola on December 27, then a move to the specialist Covid ward in Bologna on December 30.

 

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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