On October 15th, MotoGP Italian driver Valentino Rossi was found to have tested positive for the new coronavirus nucleic acid, and he will therefore miss the MotoGP Aragon Grand Prix this weekend.
Rossi’s Yamaha team announced the details of Rossi’s nucleic acid test in an official press release:
On the evening of October 11th, Rossi left the Le Mans circuit in France and returned to his hometown of Tavulia, Italy;
On October 13, Rossi received a PCR test (as long as he returned to his hometown during the two games, he must receive the test), and the result was negative;
On October 14, Rossi was in good physical condition and participated in the training in his hometown without any symptoms or discomfort;
On October 15, after getting up, Rossi felt sore and had a low-grade fever. He immediately called the doctor and the doctor tested him twice: one was a rapid PCR test, which returned a negative result; the other was a standard PCR test, The result returned at 16:00 on the 15th local time was positive;
Rossi did not have any contact with anyone currently entering the paddock during his stay at home from the evening of October 11th to the 15th. Including no contact with VR46 Academy riders, VR46 team staff and Yamaha team staff.
Rossi's condition will be closely monitored by Doctor Tavulia and will be evaluated daily.
Rossi confirmed on his social account: “Unfortunately, I woke up this morning and felt unwell, my bones were sore and I had a low-grade fever. I immediately called the doctor for two nucleic acid tests, the first quick test. The result was negative, the same as the test result on Tuesday. But the second test result given to me at 16 o’clock was positive. I am disappointed that I will miss this week’s Aragon race. I will remain optimistic and confident, but It is expected that the second race at Aragon will not be able to participate. I am disappointed and angry because I did my best to comply with the epidemic prevention regulations. Even though my test result on Tuesday was negative, I still arrived in Aragon from Le Mans Stay in self-isolation. Of course, I have no way to change this fact. I will follow the doctor’s advice and hope to recover soon."
Rossi is one of the most successful racers in the history of modern sports and has won nine MotoGP championships. Unfortunately, he became the first MotoGP driver to be infected with the new crown.