Valentino Rossi excluded from MotoGP Aragon after positive Covid test | MotoGP


Nine-time world champion Valentino Rossi has become the first MotoGP rider forced to miss a grand prix due to a positive result from Covid, which will see him sidelined from the Aragon round of this weekend and almost certain to be absent from the second comeback next weekend as well. event following.

Rossi underwent Covid testing after feeling ‘a little sore’ and having a ‘slight fever’ when he woke up this (Thursday) morning. While the “rapid” test was negative, the “standard” test returned a positive result at 4:00 pm.

The Italian’s absence in Aragon follows six Yamaha engineers, including M1 project manager Takahiro Sumi, who skipped the Le Mans round last weekend due to his self-isolation after one of their group has tested positive for Covid 19. It is not clear whether the engineers will be back this weekend. .

Meanwhile, the Covid diagnosis continues a nightmarish race for Rossi, who has crashed in the last three races in a row and currently sits 13th in the world championship:

“I’m sad and angry because I did my best to follow protocol… Anyway, it’s like that and I can’t do anything to change the situation,” read a statement from Rossi on social networks (above). “I will now take the medical advice and just hope that I will feel well soon. ”

Prior to Rossi’s diagnosis, the most prominent motorcycle Grand Prix rider to miss an event due to Covid was Moto2 leader Jorge Martin, with the Spaniard forced out of both rounds of Misano.

Given that Rossi also expects next weekend’s event to be a ‘no go’, could factory test rider and three-time MotoGP champion Jorge Lorenzo make racing comeback? 2020 that he was denied when the wild cards were called off earlier this season?

DECLARATION – October 15, 2020

Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. and Yamaha Motor Racing Srl regret to announce that Valentino Rossi will not be able to attend the Gran Premio de Aragón this weekend.


– On Sunday October 11, Rossi left the Le Mans circuit and returned home to Tavullia, Italy.

– On Tuesday, October 13, Rossi underwent the usual PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) test, mandatory for those visiting their home between races. The result was available the next day and it was negative.

– On Wednesday October 14th Rossi was feeling great and trained at home without any symptoms or inconvenience.

– On Thursday October 15, he woke up in the morning and felt a little sore. He had a slight fever and immediately called a doctor. The doctor performed two tests:

1. A “rapid PCR test”, which again came back with a negative test result.
2. A standard PCR test, the result of which arrived on Thursday, October 15, at 4:00 p.m. local time. Unfortunately, this result was positive.

– During Rossi’s stay at his home from Sunday evening (October 11) until today (October 15), he has not been in contact with anyone currently present at the Gran Premio de Aragón, including the riders of the VR46 Academy , VR46 staff, Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP team members, etc.

– Rossi’s condition will be closely monitored by medical staff in Tavullia.

– The situation will be reviewed every day with a view to Rossi’s participation in the next MotoGP races.


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