The absence of Valentino rossi at the Aragon Grand Prix it was a headache for the entire Yamaha team. The Japanese brand had to go out to find a last minute replacement, which is available to be part of the grid of MotoGP. There were three very strong candidates to fill the place of ‘Vale’: Jorge Lorenzo, Topak Razgatlioglu and Micky Van der Mark
Lorenzo had ruled out competing again in recent weeks for either team. In addition, in the tests he had in Portimao, the Spaniard finished in the last position of the timesheet more than five seconds behind the best. For their part, Razgatlioglu and Van der Mark are competing in the World Superbike Championship, which is the smallest category in motorcycling.
In the preview of the first free practice session of the Aragon Grand Prix, the Yamaha team confirmed that this weekend there will be no replacement for Valentino Rossi. However, they clarified that in case the Italian is not available for the next appointment on the Spanish track, Jorge Lorenzo has all the numbers to return to the official competition.
No replacement for now
Massimo Meregalli, team manager of the Yamaha team, confirmed that before the media they are waiting to make a decision. «Jorge Lorenzo would be one of the candidates, but in the Portimao test a few days ago we saw that, after eight months of inactivity, he has to get used to speed and braking. But if Rossi could not return to Valencia, so Lorenzo would replace him, “said Meregalli.
The team Yamaha you will have to wait to make a decision. In case Rossi is not available for next week, the regulations do not oblige teams to replace their ‘injured’ driver. However, in the Valencia circuit if they will have to do it since once the ten days have passed, another pilot will have to take the place of the absent.