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

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.

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