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Yamaha Motor Corporation and Yamaha Motor Racing announced today that Valentino Rossi will miss the 11th round of the MotoGP season in Aragon, starting on October 16. The reason for his absence is due to an infection of the new coronavirus.
After leaving the Le Mans circuit on Sunday 11 October to return to his home in Italy, Rossi underwent the mandatory PCR test on Tuesday 13 October and trained at home the following day after being confirmed as negative. However, after waking up on Thursday the 15th, he had a slight fever and immediately underwent two tests. The quick PCR test was negative, but the standard PCR test, which arrived at 16:00 (local time) on Thursday 15th, was confirmed positive and he will miss the Aragon G.
He has been at home from the evening of Sunday 11th October until Thursday 15th October and has had no contact with any members of the Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP team, VR46 Academy riders, VR46 staff or anyone else attending the Aragon Grand Prix. Rossi's condition is being monitored by local medical staff, who will be checking on his situation on a daily basis.
When I woke up this morning, I was sick and had a slight fever, so I had two tests done right away. The results of the quick PCR test were negative, just like the test I had on Tuesday. However, the second result, which was sent to me at 4pm on the 15th, was unfortunately positive. I am very disappointed that I will have to miss the race in Aragon.
I expect the next race in Aragon to be difficult as well. I'm sad and angry because I did my best to follow the rules and the test I had on Tuesday was negative and I've been in self-quarantine since arriving in Le Mans. Anyway, this is the way it is and I accept it, I just follow the doctors and hope that I feel better soon.
Lin Jarvis (Managing Director, Yamaha Motor Racing)
This is a great disappointment for Rossi, for Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP, and for all MotoGP fans around the world. First and foremost, we hope that Rossi's condition will not worsen in the coming days and that he will make a full recovery in the shortest possible time, but it is still a reminder that no matter how careful we are, there is always a risk. Italian health authorities have confirmed that team members who were in contact with Rossi until Monday have been excluded from the risk of infection, but they will continue to take extra precautions to minimize the chances of infection.
Original Source [ Yamaha Motor Co. ]