Virus positive Rossi must miss second MotoGP race

Paola Ditto
Ottobre 18, 2020

Compulsory initial testing for Covid-19 on October 13 and 15 returned a negative result but a third standard Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test was positive.

Rossi, 41, is now 11th in the season standings and crashed out of the last race at Le Mans, France, in the rain on the first lap.

Rossi, whose nickname is "The Doctor", revealed on Twitter that when he woke up on Thursday his "bones were sore" and he had a slight fever. Unfortunately this result was positive. I'm very sorry to miss the race in Aragon.' Chances are he will miss the next Grand Prix as well.

The positive test result came after Rossi returned to his home in Tavullia, Italy, after the le Mans round of MotGP in France. Anyways, this is the way it is, and I can't do anything to change the situation. I will now follow the medical advice, and I just hope I will be feeling well soon. "I am sad and angry because I did my best to respect the protocol and although the test I had on Tuesday was negative, I self-isolated since my arrival from Le Mans", he added.

This is very bad news for Valentino and very bad news for the Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP team and for all MotoGP fans around the world.

The Italian becomes the first MotoGP rider to test positive for the coronavirus, although paddock members have previously tested positive for COVID-19.

These two incidents remind us that no matter how careful you are, the risk is always present - as we see with the rising numbers of infections in Europe at this time.

Spaniard Jorge Martin, who rides in Moto2, missed two races n September after a positive test.

Becoming the first MotoGP rider to fall foul of the illness, it is likely he will also be forced to miss next weekend's Teruel MotoGP next weekend being held at the same Motorland Aragon venue. If that's the case, test rider Jorge Lorenzo could make a sensational return to action.

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