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Sport Yamaha won't replace Rossi for MotoGP Teruel GP, ending Lorenzo speculation

12:15  18 october  2020
12:15  18 october  2020 Source:   autosport.com

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Yamaha won ' t field a replacement this weekend, but talk of putting test rider Jorge Lorenzo on the bike for the Teruel GP has emerged. Lorenzo has only had four days of MotoGP bike time since February, the most recent of which at the two-day track familiarisation at the Algarve last week

Yamaha won ' t field a replacement this weekend, but talk of putting test rider Jorge Lorenzo on the bike for the Teruel GP has emerged. Lorenzo has only had four days of MotoGP bike time since February, the most recent of which at the two-day track familiarisation at the Algarve last week

Yamaha has confirmed it will not field a replacement for Valentino Rossi in next weekend's MotoGP Teruel Grand Prix, ending speculation of a potential Jorge Lorenzo comeback.

a person wearing a helmet: Yamaha won't replace Rossi for Teruel GP © LAT Images Yamaha won't replace Rossi for Teruel GP

Nine-time grand prix world champion Rossi tested positive for COVID-19 at his home in Tavullia, Italy on Thursday and was ruled out of this weekend's Aragon GP.

Due to the Italian government's rules regarding COVID-19, any person who tests positive for the virus must observe a 10-day quarantine period from the moment they receive their positive PCR result.

With the second Aragon GP weekend just five days away, Rossi will not be back in action until November's European Grand Prix at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit near Valencia.

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Lorenzo unlikely to replace Rossi for MotoGP Teruel GP Yamaha team manager Massimo Meregalli says he doesn' t think Valentino Rossi will be replaced for next weekend's MotoGP Teruel Grand Prix after he tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday 1602840031 MotoGP .

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Rossi's absence led to speculation three-time MotoGP world champion Lorenzo could make a surprise comeback to racing next weekend in the Teruel GP.

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After retiring from racing at the end of last year, Lorenzo returned to Yamaha as its official test rider.

However, Lorenzo has completed just four days of running on the M1 this year in February at Sepang and last week at the Algarve track familiarisation.


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All of his outings have been on the 2019 Yamaha, with his best lap in the Algarve test some four seconds slower than the Aprilia of Aleix Espargaro.

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Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Team Manager Massimo Meregalli expects the Italian to return in Valencia, no stand-in currently on the cards. “In the test at Portimao, Lorenzo has shown that he needs to spend more time on track. He spent so much time off it, he lost his pace and his braking.

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a man riding a motorcycle on a track: Yamaha won't replace Rossi for Teruel GP © LAT Images Yamaha won't replace Rossi for Teruel GP

MotoGP's rules on replacement riders state: "Teams must make every reasonable effort to provide a qualified substitute rider to fulfil their entry obligations within 10 days of withdrawal."

As the 10-day period has not passed, Yamaha is not obliged to field a replacement, but can also reasonably argue that it has no qualified substitute.

Yamaha also explained its decision was motivated by a desire not to put additional pressure on its reduced staff numbers at events as a result of MotoGP's COVID-19 protocols to "adapt a new rider" to the bike.

As a result, Maverick Vinales - who starts Sunday's Aragon GP from second - will be Yamaha's only factory team representative next weekend.

Rossi's COVID-19 diagnosis comes a week after six members of Yamaha's technical staff, including project leader Takahiro Sumi, tested positive for the virus ahead of the French GP.

Rossi protege Tony Arbolino has been forced to miss this weekend's Aragon Moto3 GP despite testing negative for COVID-19 as he was sat close to someone on a plane who did have the virus.

Arbolino and Rossi follow Moto2 frontrunner Jorge Martin in missing races due to COVID-19, after the Ajo KTM rider was forced out of the Misano double-header after testing positive.

Rossi to miss Aragon Grand Prix after testing positive for coronavirus .
Monster Energy Yamaha have confirmed Valentino Rossi has tested positive for coronavirus and will miss the Aragon Grand Prix.Rossi is the first rider to be forced out of an event through COVID-19 and the Italian also expects to miss the Teruel GP, the second of back-to-back races at MotorLand.

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