This Thursday afternoon, Valentino rossi confirmed that he had tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19). The Italian received the news after taking two swabs that were negative. In addition, he had made the decision not to take his flight to the Aragon Grand Prix since the symptoms had him bad. ‘Vale’ will miss this weekend’s race and await the evolution of his illness.
In the final minutes, the Yamaha team confirmed that in the next race they will not replace Rossi. It had been rumored that Jorge Lorenzo would return from retirement to accompany the Japanese brand, however this was scrapped. The regulation of the category gives you the possibility not to occupy the empty space left by ‘Il Dottore’.
Also, Rossi will not be able to be in the next race of MotoGPSince according to the Italian authorities, the Yamaha rider must rest at home for at least ten days. This is for everyone, despite the fact that during the week he gave negative to his tests and overcame the disease. Rossi’s goal will be the European Grand Prix, at the Valencia circuit.
The Japanese team confirmed the news in a statement published this morning. “Yamaha has carefully weighed its options and has decided not to bring in a replacement rider to replace Rossi at the next Teruel Grand Prix. This decision was based on the high stress it entails for the project members MotoGP Yamaha during this season influenced by COVID-19 ″
However, in the event that Valentino cannot be made available for the European Grand Prix, Yamaha will have to provide a mandatory replacement. “The teams must make all reasonable efforts to provide a qualified substitute rider to fulfill their obligations within 10 after withdrawal,” they assured from Yamaha.