Valentino Rossi OK to race but Yamaha boss goes into quarantine



  • Valentino Rossi was cleared to race within the European Grand Prix in Valencia after recovering from Covid-19.
  • Manufacturing facility Yamaha staff have been hit by one other outbreak of the virus.
  • 5 workers members, together with staff boss Massimo Meregalli, have been self-isolating.
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MotoGP nice Valentino Rossi was cleared to race within the European Grand Prix in Valencia on Friday after recovering from Covid-19 however his manufacturing facility Yamaha staff have been hit by one other outbreak of the virus.

Yamaha stated 5 workers members, together with staff boss Massimo Meregalli, have been self-isolating and would miss the following two races on the Spanish circuit.

Rossi, who missed the earlier two races at Spain’s MotorLand Aragon circuit after testing constructive for the brand new coronavirus, arrived in Valencia after passing an preliminary take a look at in Italy.

The 41-year-old, who needed to sit out the primary two apply periods on the Ricardo Tormo Circuit, returned a unfavorable consequence once more on Friday and can rejoin the staff from Saturday’s last apply.

Whereas the Italian’s return was excellent news for the manufacturing facility Yamaha outfit, staff mate Maverick Vinales should begin Sunday’s race from the pitlane after Yamaha needed to exceed his engine allocation.

With three rounds remaining, Vinales sits third within the championship standings, 19 factors behind chief Joan Mir of Suzuki.

Vinales had one other scare on Friday when certainly one of his crew members examined constructive for the novel coronavirus and left the circuit, elevating fears that the rider may additionally must quarantine and watch his title hopes disappear.

Whereas these fears proved unfounded, Yamaha stated Meregalli and three others who examined unfavorable however have been deemed prone to contagion must sit out Sunday’s race and one other the next weekend on the identical circuit.

Yamaha stated Meregalli would stay in shut contact with the staff on the observe.

“Not one of the different workers are deemed to be in danger, nor are riders Maverick Vinales and Valentino Rossi,” the staff stated in a press release.



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