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By motogp.com

Rossi: "I had another test and it came back positive again"

The Doctor has an anxious wait as he hopes to return a negative Covid-19 test on Wednesday in order to compete in the European Grand Prix

Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP's Valentino Rossi has returned another positive Covid-19 test result, putting his participation in the European Grand Prix in serious doubt. The nine-time World Champion missed both the Aragon and Teruel Grands Prix after testing positive prior to the MotorLand double-header and had hoped to return a negative result in order to return to action in Valencia this weekend.

However, despite "being fully fit", The Doctor was still positive for the virus on Tuesday and needs to return two negative results on Wednesday and Thursday otherwise WorldSBK star Garrett Gerloff will jump aboard 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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