MotoGP: Valentino Rossi ruled out of Aragon following positive COVID test

Published on October 15, 2020
By Short Shift News

Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP rider Valentino Rossi has been ruled out of both Aragon rounds after a positive COVID-19 test.

The Doctor, who would have arrived in Aragon following three DNFs will miss both Aragon rounds as he is forced to isolate for two weeks.

On an instagram story, Rossi said:

Valentino Rossi – Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP

“Unfortunately, this morning I woke up and I was not feeling good. My bones were sore and I had a slight fever, so I immediately phoned the doctor who tested me twice. The ‘quick PCR test’ result was negative, just like the test I underwent on Tuesday. But the second one, of which the result was sent to me at 16:00 this afternoon, was unfortunately positive. I am so disappointed that I will have to miss the race at Aragon. I’d like to be optimistic and confident, but I expect the second round in Aragon to be a ‘no go’ for me as well… 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. Anyway, 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.

The 41-year-old Italian currently lies 13th in the standings after a rough run of form. Rossi, who has only one podium to his name this year, was hoping to return to some form of normality at Aragon, despite being a circuit he has never got on with.

The positive test result comes just a week after some of the Yamaha Racing personnel tested positive for COVID-19 before last weeks French Grand Prix.

The number 46 rider will now continue to self-isolate and will undergo a test ahead of Aragon two before making the decision on if he can make an unlikely return to action.

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