Valentino Rossi tests positive for COVID 19 to miss Aragon MotoGP

Ruben Hill
October 18, 2020

Valentino Rossi won't return for next weekend's second Aragon MotoGP round and will not be replaced by test rider Jorge Lorenzo.

Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. and Yamaha Motor Racing Srl regret to announce that Valentino Rossi will be unable to attend this weekend's Gran Premio de Aragón.

Rossi, 41, is now 11th in the season standings and crashed out of the last race at Le Mans, France, in the rain on the first lap. Therefore, the earliest that Rossi can participate in a MotoGP event will be at the Gran Premio de Europa, held at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit in Valencia on 6th - 8th November.

Rossi reports the news on his Instagram page: 'When I woke up this morning I didn't feel well.

The positive test result came after Rossi returned to his home in Tavullia, Italy, after the le Mans round of MotGP in France. But the second one, of which the result was sent to me at 16:00 this afternoon, was unfortunately positive.

Rossi protege Tony Arbolino has been forced to miss this weekend's Aragon Moto3 GP despite testing negative for COVID-19 as he was sat close to someone on a plane who did have the virus. "I'd like to be optimistic and confident, but I expect the second round in Aragón to be a "no go" for me as well".

By stating he had self-isolated since Le Mans and returned a negative test on Tuesday it will be hoped Rossi has limited his contact with other personnel at Yamaha in the meantime. "Anyway, this is what it is, and I can't do anything to change the situation".

When taking the decision not to enter a replacement rider for the Gran Premio de Teruel, Yamaha confirmed with Race Direction that they are abiding by the FIM World Championship Grand Prix Regulations. I will now follow the medical advice, and I just hope I will be feeling well soon.

Based on the current MotoGP safety protocols, Rossi will have to isolate from the teams with his condition regularly monitored and tested. The Italian Covid-19 measures require any person who tests Covid-19 positive to be in self-isolation for 10 days from the moment of the test (in Rossi's case, Thursday 15th October).

This is very bad news for Valentino and very bad news for the Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP team and for all MotoGP fans around the world.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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