Valentino Rossi tested positive again for the Coronavirus, but then negative after a second swab. The Doctor had discovered he had contracted the virus on October 15th, and that’s why he was forced to miss the two Aragon Grand Prixs. But last week, after two negative tests, he was able to get back on his Yamaha in the FP3s during the European GP in Valencia.
It all seemed to be a thing of the past, but a swab he took on Tuesday in Italy was positive. Yet, it didn’t end there because, as Sky reported, another swab he took in the next 24 hours was instead was negative. Now they think the first result was a false positive.
Rossi has already arrived in the Valencia paddock but will remain in isolation until he receives the result of a third swab. If that one's also negative, then he’ll be able to race.
UPDATE – Yamaha didn’t alert Garrett Gerloff, who had already ridden Rossi’s M1 in the first two free practice sessions last week in Valencia. If Valentino can’t race, he won’t be replaced for the Valencia GP.