Former Italian driver Fausto Gresini, Gresini Racing MotoGP Team Principal, 60, is in serious condition in a Bologna hospital due to coronavirus infection, Italian media report.
Gresini has been hospitalized in Bologna since last December for severe respiratory failure and is in critical condition in recent days, as reported on February 18 from the health center.
The former 125cc world champion (1985 and 87) had tested positive for covid-19 shortly before the Christmas holidays and, after spending an initial period of isolation at his home, he was admitted on December 27 to the Santa Maria della Scaletta hospital in Imola.
A few days later, he was transferred to the Maggiore Carlo Alberto Pizzardi specialized center in Bologna, where he entered the Intensive Care Unit with very low levels of oxygen saturation in the blood, was induced into a pharmacological coma and received endotracheal intubation to help organ oxygenation, as reported at the time.
In his successful career, Gresini founded his own team in 1997 and won the Moto2 world title in 2010 with Spaniard Toni Elías.
In MotoGP he achieved his best results in 2004 and in 2005, when he finished second and third with the Spanish Sete Gibernau, the American Colin Edwards and Marco Melandri.