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Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP have announced that Valentino Rossi will be taking part in this weekend’s Gran Premio de Europa. The Doctor will be back on his number 46 machine for the first time since the French Grand Prix in Saturday's FP3 session at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo.
Yesterday (Thursday 5th November), the Italian took a PCR test and tested negative for the Covid-19 virus. As per Italian law, the Yamaha rider was allowed to end his self-isolation and take part in everyday society again from then on. Rossi took this opportunity to fly to Valencia, Spain, in the evening. However, he remained in self-isolation throughout the night. This morning (Friday 6th November), the Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP rider took a second PCR test, as per FIM regulations, and again it came back negative. The two consecutive negative test results allow Rossi to reunite with the factory Yamaha squad and take part in the remainder of the Gran Premio de Europa.
The news, unfortunately, spells the end of replacement rider Garrett Gerloff's MotoGP™ debut, however, the WorldSBK star can hold his head high after a quite remarkable performance in Valencia. The American on a new bike, with new tyres, at a new circuit was able to be within one and a half seconds on Friday morning and even sat inside the top five for a brief moment during FP2.
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