Valentino Rossi has tested positive for Covid-19 and here are the updates.


Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. and Yamaha Motor Racing regret to announce that Valentino Rossi will be unable to attend this weekend’s Gran Premio de Aragón.

Background Information

  • Sunday 11th October, Rossi left the Le Mans circuit and travelled back to his home in Tavullia, Italy.
  • Tuesday 13th October, Rossi underwent the usual PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) test, which is compulsory for those who visit their homes in between races. The result was available the next day, and it was negative.
  • Wednesday 14th October, Rossi was feeling fit, and he trained at home without any symptoms or inconveniences.
  • Thursday 15th October, he woke up in the morning and felt a bit sore. He had a slight fever and immediately called a doctor. The doctor conducted two tests:


1. Quick PCR test’, that again came back with a negative test result.

2. A standard PCR test, of which the result arrived on Thursday 15th October, at 16:00 local time. Unfortunately, this result was positive.

During Rossi’s stay at his home from Sunday night (11th October) to today (15th October). He has NOT been in contact with any person currently present at the Gran Premio de Aragón.

Including VR46 Academy riders, VR46 staff, Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP team members.

The medical staff in Tavullia will closely monitor-Rossi’s condition.

What Rossi said?

Unfortunately, this morning I woke up and was not feeling good. My bones were sore and had a slight fever, so I immediately called the doctor who tested me twice. 

The ‘quick PCR test’ result was negative, just like the test I underwent on Tuesday. But the second one, of which the result was sent to me at 16:00 this afternoon, was unfortunately positive.

 I am so disappointed as I will have to miss the race at Aragon. I am optimistic and confident but expect the second round in Aragon to be a ‘no go’ for me as well.

At the same time I am sad and angry because I did my best to respect the protocol and although the test on Tuesday was negative, I self-isolated since my arrival from Le Mans. 

Can’t do anything to change the situation. I will now follow the medical advice and hope I will be feeling well soon.

Picture Source: Valentino Rossi Facebook

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