World champion and MotoGP team owner, Fausto Gresini is now in critical condition after complications in his battle with COVID-19.
Dr Nicola Cilloni, Gresini’s attending physician, explains, “Fausto Gresini is still hospitalised in the intensive care unit of Bologna’s Maggiore Hospital due to a persisting severe respiratory insufficiency following a COVID-19 infection.”
Dr Cilloni continues, “Unfortunately, complications have occurred, which made the current clinical picture critical. The hospital staff are continuing the treatment with the highest possible intensity, with the hope of a recovery of the organ functionality – which has been severely compromised.”
Dr Cilloni also explained that Gresini was still supported by a mechanical respirator and in a medically induced coma.
A statement from the Gresini team elaborates further, “Fausto Gresini’s conditions remain serious, as the former motorcycle world champion is still in the intensive care unit of the Maggiore Carlo Alberto Pizzardi hospital in Bologna. When he is periodically awakened, he is conscious and combative.”
Fausto Gresini won two championship titles in the 125cc class in 1985 and 1987. He was also a vice-champion in the 125cc class in 1986, 1991, and 1992. Before contracting the COVID-19 virus, he was also the owner of one of the MotoGP teams.
This news is absolutely devastating to the MotoGP community as a whole. Fausto Gresini is a mentor to many young riders and the most successful team owner in MotoGP history.