This Thursday, Valentino rossi confirmed that he has coronavirus (COVID-19) through their social networks. The Italian will not be present on the next calendar date of MotoGP, in the circuit of Aragon. The recent news made finding a replacement for Rossi very difficult the job for Yamaha. However, there is a strong candidate who is awaiting the call.
As it usually happens in most cases, in case a pilot cannot be present, each team has the possibility of replacing him. This occurs since the pilot who has COVID-19 will be treated as ‘injured’. That is why the next few hours will be crucial to know if Valentino rossi will have a replacement in the following tests.
The main candidate to replace ‘Voucher‘, is the Spanish Jorge Lorenzo. The test rider of Yamaha left the official competition at the end of 2019 while he was running with Sling. In the last weeks, Lawrence He participated in a test with the Japanese brand at the Portimao circuit, at the controls of a motorcycle from the previous season.
However, the track rhythm of Lawrence it was very bad, as he finished more than five seconds behind the best times. There were two problems that weighed on Lawrence. The first was that the bike is not the current one. And the second is that the Spaniard spent more than eight months without getting on, or riding in a circuit at maximum speed.
What if it’s not Lorenzo?
In the last weeks, Lawrence had said that he had a very strong offer to return to compete officially with Ducati. However, he assured that he does not want to run again in a test of MotoGP. In the event that the Spaniard declines the offer, two pilots who currently compete in Superbike. The Turk Topak Razgatlioglu and the dutch Micky van der mark.