Valentino Rossi Tests Positive for COVID-19

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The second wave of the coronavirus outbreak is underway worldwide right now, with increases in COVID-19 cases being counted in Europe, North America, and other continents.

Even the MotoGP paddock isn’t immune to this trend, with news and rumors of positive tests occurring within its ranks in the past several days and weeks.

And now today we get news from Valentino Rossi himself that he has tested positive with COVID-19, after experiencing symptoms of the disease this morning.

Rossi posted the news on social media, explaining that he woke up feeling aches in his bones and was experiencing a fever.

The nine-time world champion came back negative with an initial rapid test (as did his PCR test on Tuesday), but a second test came back positive this afternoon.

At the very least, this news means that Valentino Rossi will not be able to participate in the MotoGP round scheduled at Aragon this weekend because of isolation measures, though the Yamaha rider could be out much longer if his symptoms persist and worsen.

It is not clear at this time whether Rossi’s condition has spread to his inner circle or team, though his positive test result is not the first from the MotoGP paddock this week.

With the MotoGP paddock set for a double-header at Aragon the next two weekends, it will be interesting to see how today’s news affects the remaining five MotoGP races left in the 2020 season.

Source: Valentino Rossi

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