Thu. Dec 2nd, 2021

Monster Energy Yamaha rider Valentino Rossi’s test for Covid-19 has turned out positive again, this situation has put his participation in the European MotoGP in jeopardy. This is after the nine-time world champion missed the Aragon and the Teruel MotoGP after testing positive for Covid-19 prior to the Motorland double header in which he had hoped to test negative and get into the Valencia action.

Despite being fully fit for racing, the 41-year-old rider still tested positive for the virus on Tuesday as it is required for him to post a negative result on Wednesday and Thursday ahead of the race, as WorldSBK champion Garett Gerloff is set to replace the Italian’s Yamaha M1.

“This virus is very complicated and serious,” said the 41-year-old. “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 (Tuesday 3rd November), 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. I am very sad because I am feeling well, and I can‘t wait to be back aboard my M1 and be reunited with my team. I really hope the next PCR test result will be negative because missing two races was already two too many.”

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