The curtain is ready to rise, and here’s the first plot twist. As reported by AS, Jorge Martin tested positive for SAR-CoV-2. The Spanish rider underwent a classic routine check-up before the GP and tested positive.
As required by Dorna protocol, the Ajo team’s rider will have to remain in quarantine and skip the Misano round this weekend. But there’s still some doubt regarding the second race on the Riviera track next week since, as also reported by AS, Martin was tested several days ago.
This is undoubtedly a hard blow for Martin in terms of the World Championship, since he was only eight points behind Enea Bastianini after the Red Bull Ring. Dorna is expected to officially announce the news today. According to AS, the risk is that there are other MotoGP riders who might be positive.
Martin was identified by Ducati as a probable replacement for Jack Miller in Pramac for 2021.
We obviously hope there aren’t other cases, even if this can’t be excluded, given the surge in infections recorded, especially in countries such as Spain and France. As for Martin, the Ajo rider is the third to have tested positive in the paddock after the video operator and Matteo Bertelle, who was stopped in Austria during the second race of the Rookies Cup.