Fausto Gresini’s Covid-19 battle has taken a positive step as his team confirmed the Italian is now conscious in hospital, albeit with his condition still serious.
Gresini has been fighting for life since entering a coma 10 days ago as doctors battled to save him soon after being transferred to a specialist Covid ward at the Maggiore Carlo Alberta Pizzardi hospital in Bologna as his condition worsened just three days after being initially taken in to the local hospital near his home in Imola.
His chances looked to be on the up as his racing organisation confirmed on Friday that he had made enough progress to be brought out of the coma, though he remained sedated and on a ventilator as he continued to fight intestinal pneumonia.
Gresini Racing announced on Saturday evening though despite still needing a ventilator to maintain the correct level of blood oxygen, Gresini had been brought around after making further progress in the last 24 hours, with “all other organs functional” according to Dr Nicola Cilloni of the medical facility.
Cilloni labelled the two-time 125cc world champion as a “fighter and very collaborative”, adding this was helping “the clinicians a lot in managing the disease”, giving further hope for Gresini’s continued progress in surviving his battle with Covid.
Further updates will be released by Gresini Racing as its team leader’s fight continues.