Three rounds remaining in the 2020 MotoGP world championship, and it looks like Yamaha’s Valentino Rossi might just miss more of these races as he once again tested positive for COVID-19 on 3 November 2020.
He now has one last chance to test negative twice if he wants to able to compete in Valencia this weekend.
According to the nine-time world champion, “This virus is very complicated and serious. I felt bad for two days, then in a few days, I came back to being fully fit, at my 100%. I self-isolated at home all the time and I followed the medical advice closely. It‘s a very sad and difficult situation, but that‘s the way it is.”
“Unfortunately, yesterday (3 November 2020, Tuesday), I had another test and it came back positive again, like all previous ones. Luckily, I still have two more chances to be back on track on Friday or Saturday,” added Rossi.
The Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP squad has brought an American replacement by the name of Garrett Gerloff. He was chosen to pilot the Yamaha YZR-M1 this weekend due to his racing creds in WorldSBK as well as MotoAmerica where he has collected many wins and podiums throughout his career.
If Valentino Rossi tests positive again tomorrow, Gerloff will be taking over his role in the Yamaha factory team. This is also an indicator that Yamaha is not interested in bringing in their current test rider and multiple world champion, Jorge Lorenzo, into the mix.
We’ve heard some trouble in paradise as the Spaniards are currently talking to Aprilia to become their test rider for 2021.