Valentino Rossi set to miss Aragon races after positive Coronavirus test


Valentino Rossi will miss this weekend's Aragon GP after testing positive for Covid-19

Valentino Rossi, 2020 MotoGP Le Mans GP

Rossi will miss the Aragon GP this weekend

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Valentino Rossi has confirmed he has tested positive for Coronavirus and that he is expecting to miss both Aragon races this month.

Rossi underwent two separate tests on Thursday with one negative test in the morning before a latter test confirmed he had tested positive. He said on social media he was disappointed to be out of the Aragon race this weekend and that he will likely miss the second race as well due to isolation measures.

“Unfortunately, this morning I woke up and I was not feeling good. My bones were sore and I had a slight fever, so I immediately called the doctor who tested me twice.

“The ‘quick PCR test’ result was negative, just like the test I underwent on Tuesday. But the second one, of which the result was sent to me at 16:00 this afternoon, was unfortunately positive.

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“I am so disappointed that I will have to miss the race at Aragon. I’d like to be optimistic and confident, but I expect the second round in Aragon to be a ‘no go’ for me as well… I am sad and angry because I did my best to respect the protocol and although the test I had on Tuesday was negative, I self-isolated since my arrival from Le Mans.

“Anyway, this is the way it is, and I can’t do anything to change the situation. I will now follow the medical advice, and I just hope I will be feeling well soon.”

He is the first rider from the MotoGP paddock to test positive for Covid-19 with the series operating under strict measures to ensure its altered 2020 season can go ahead as safely as possible.