Valentino Rossi in doubt for MotoGP – Garrett Gerloff on standby

Valentino Rossi could miss his third race of 2020 after testing positive for COVID-19 – Yamaha selects Garrett Gerloff as a possible stand-in

VALENTINO Rossi could be forced to sit out his third GP of 2020 after testing positive for COVID-19 again.

The Italian legend first tested positive prior to the first round in Aragon, missing out on the two races that took place at the venue. Since then, Rossi is reported to have completely got over his symptoms and has been said to be fit and well.

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That was until a routine COVID test took place on Tuesday, with the results coming back positive, confirming that Rossi either still had the virus or had contracted it again.

Rossi racing is not totally out of the question, if he can produce another negative result from the test he is thought to be having today, he may be allowed to race.

How will replace Valentino Rossi?

Should he not be able to take part in the Grand Prix of Europe, taking place at Valencia, Yamaha has already sourced his replacement in the form of rising WorldSBK star Garrett Gerloff. The American is in his rookie year in the series in 2020, although he has already notched up three podiums and a series of high-value scalps including a memorable battle with factory-backed van der Mark in the previous round.

We’re playing close attention to the social media channels of the Yamaha MotoGP team. As soon as the news is announced we’ll update this page.

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