Valentino Rossi had a narrow escape this week, after initially failing another COVID-19 test. The Italian produced two more negative tests, and has been cleared to race at the Valencia round of MotoGP.
The Italian had flown back to Italy on Sunday night, and on Tuesday had a PCR test. That test came back positive with a very low viral load, a result which can occur with people who have had COVID-19 and have had symptoms.
Rossi’s doctors recommended he do two more tests, and after the first test came back negative, he flew to Valencia to wait for the results of the second test, taken 24-hours later. When that test came back negative, he was cleared to race.
A positive COVID-19 test is the one thing the riders fighting for the championship have feared. For example, Joan Mir, who tested negative earlier this week, arranged to limit his exposure as much as possible.
He asked his girlfriend to get a PCR test, and only drove back home when it came back negative. He then isolated at home before driving back to Valencia, avoiding contact.
Source: Monster Yamaha