European MotoGP, Valencia: Rossi awaiting results, Gerloff to make MotoGP debut | MotoGP

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Monster Yamaha has confirmed that Garrett Gerloff will make his MotoGP debut during today’s pair of free practice session at Valencia, while Valentino Rossi awaits the results of his latest PCR (Covid) test.

After obtaining a negative test result on Thursday, Rossi made his way to Spain. This morning (Friday) he took another PCR test as per FIM requirements and is currently waiting for the result, which is expected later this evening.

Should he test negative, Rossi – who missed both Aragon rounds after a Covid diagnosis – will take part in the European MotoGP from Saturday onwards.

But in the meantime, Gerloff will take the Italian’s place for the (currently wet) Friday sessions.

The decision to select the Texan, 25 – who took three podiums during his rookie WorldSBK campaign but has never ridden a MotoGP lap – rather than offer the chance to Yamaha test rider and five-time world champion Jorge Lorenzo also suggests the #99 is unlikely to have a future role with the factory.

Valencia will host two back-to-back rounds, followed by the Portimao finale the following weekend. Rossi will then move to the satellite Petronas Yamaha team for 2021.

Revised 2020 MotoGP Calendar (including free weekends)

Round

Date

Race

Circuit

1

19 July

Spain

Jerez

2

26 July

Andalusia

Jerez

 

2 August

 

 

3

9 August

Czech Republic

Brno

4

16 August

Austria

Red Bull Ring

5

23 August

Styria

Red Bull Ring

 

30 August

   
 

6 September

   

6

13 September

San Marino e Della Riviera di Rimini

Misano

7

20 September

Emilia Romagna e Della Riviera di Rimini

Misano

8

27 September

Catalunya

Barcelona

 

4 October

   

9

11 October

France

Le Mans

10

18 October

Aragon

Aragon

11

25 October

Teruel

Aragon

 

1 November

   

12

8 November

Europe

Ricardo Tormo

13

15 November

Comunitat Valenciana

Ricardo Tormo

14

22 November

Portugal

Portimao

MotoGP 2020: List of Cancelled events

1

8 March

Qatar (MotoGP class)

Losail

2

31 May

Italy

Mugello

3

21 June

Germany

Sachsenring

4

28 June

Netherlands

Assen

5

12 July

Finland

KymiRing

6

30 August

Great Britain

Silverstone

7

4 October

Thailand

Buriram

8

18 October

Japan

Motegi

9

25 October

Australia

Phillip Island

10

1 November

Malaysia

Sepang

11

15 November

Americas

COTA

12

22 November

Argentina

Termas de Rio Hondo

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