Gresini Racing quashes rumours of death of team owner

Fausto Gresini. Picture: MotoGP.com

Gresini Racing has moved to reassure MotoGP fans that COVID-infected team owner Fausto Gresini has not died, contrary to reporting from Italy.

UPDATE: The team has since confirmed Fausto Gresini has passed away

A report had emerged in recent hours that the two-time 125cc world champion, who has been hospitalised since December, had finally succumbed to the coronavirus.

Gresini Racing tweeted a short time ago, however, “Despite the news currently circulating, Fausto is still with us, albeit in extremely critical conditions.”

The condition of Gresini, who has turned 60 during his hospital stay, was said last week to have deteriorated to ‘critical’ by Dr Nicola Cilloni.

That had been the last update from the team until after this morning’s (AEDT) story from GPOne.com, which claimed that he had died due to complications arising from having COVID-19.

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