Image copyright jta Image caption Zanardi raced in MotoGP before his life-changing accident
Former MotoGP World Champion Alex Zanardi has been transferred to a specialist neuro-rehabilitation centre following a motorbike accident.
The Italian, who won the title in 2001 and 2002, suffered serious head injuries when his motorbike crashed in Spain in 2012.
He was transferred to the Mauricio Esteban Rodriguez medical centre in Madrid after making a good recovery at a hospital in Madrid.
Zanardi’s wife, Cassina Albertini, said the couple were still in a “space of great courage and hope”.
“Let us all join together in our aspirations for her husband’s recovery,” she added.
He underwent successful brain surgery in Girona after his rescue from the wreckage and remained in a coma for six months.
In the same year, Zanardi won world championships at the Madrid, Losail, Doha and Sepang tracks, but retired after his devastating accident at Vallelunga.
He returned to the track in 2013 as a non-driving team director for the Yamaha team.