Valentino Rossi tested positive for the Coronavirus. He announced it himself with this message on his social network profiles.
“Unfortunately, I woke up this morning and didn’t feel well. I wasn’t feeling that great and had a slight fever, so I immediately called the doctor, who gave me two tests. The result of the rapid PCR test was negative, just like the test I had taken on Tuesday. But the second, for which I was sent the result at four this afternoon, was unfortunately positive. I’m clearly very disappointed that I’ll have to miss the Aragon race. I’d like to be optimistic and confident, but I expect the second round at Aragon to be a no show for me too. I’m sad and angry because I did my best to comply with the protocol and, even if the test I took on Tuesday was negative, I had already isolated myself since my arrival at Le Mans. But that’s how it is, and I can’t do anything to change the situation. Now I’ll follow the doctor’s advice, and I just hope to get well soon.”
Yamaha’s managing director, Lin Jarvis, commented: “This is bad news for Valentino and bad news for the Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP team and for all MotoGP fans around the world. First of all, we hope that Valentino won’t suffer too much in the next few days and that he’ll recover completely in the shortest time possible. This is a second tough blow for us in the MotoGP, having faced the absence of Project Leader Sumi and five YMC engineers at the Le Mans race after one member tested positive, despite being totally asymptomatic. These two cases remind us that, no matter how careful you are, the risk is always present, as we can see with the growing number of infections in Europe right now. We checked with the Italian health authorities, and we were informed that every member of our team who had been in contact with Valentino until Monday is excluded from direct risk. However, from now on, we’ll be even more careful, in order to minimize the chances of future problems.”