Nine-time world champion Valentino Rossi has become the first MotoGP rider forced to miss a grand prix due to a positive Covid result, which will see him sidelined from this weekend’s Aragon round and in serious doubt for next weekend’s second back-to-back event.
The Italian’s absence follows six Yamaha engineers, including M1 project leader Takahiro Sumi, skipping last weekend’s Le Mans round due to self-isolation after one of their group tested positive for Covid 19.
The Covid diagnosis continues a nightmare run for Rossi, who has crashed out of the last three races in a row…
STATEMENT – 15th October 2020
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.
– On Sunday 11th October, Rossi left the Le Mans circuit and travelled back to his home in Tavullia, Italy.
– On Tuesday 13th October, Rossi underwent the usual PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) test, which is compulsory for those who visit their homes in between races. The result was available the next day and it was negative.
– On Wednesday 14th October, Rossi was feeling fully fit and he trained at home without any symptoms or inconveniences.
– On Thursday 15th October, he woke up in the morning and felt a bit sore. He had a slight fever and immediately called a doctor. The doctor conducted two tests:
1. A ’quick PCR test‘, that again came back with a negative test result.
2. A standard PCR test, of which the result arrived on Thursday 15th October, at 16:00 local time. Unfortunately this result was positive.
– During Rossi‘s stay at his home from Sunday night (11th October) to today (15th October), he has NOT been in contact with any person that is currently present at the Gran Premio de Aragón, including VR46 Academy riders, VR46 staff, Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP team members etc.
– Rossi’s condition will be closely monitored by the medical staff in Tavullia.
– The situation will be reviewed every day with a view to Rossi’s participation at the upcoming MotoGP race events.