The American Garrett gerloff was appointed by the official team Yamaha de a MotoGP to replace the italian Valentino Rossi at European Grand Prix that is disputed this weekend in the Spanish circuit of Ricardo Tormo in the event that the coronavirus keep the Doctor away from the clues.
Rossi, who tested positive for COVID-19 on October 15, did not pass the test that was carried out on Tuesday and this Wednesday he was subjected to a new one, which if affirmative would again prevent him from running as it already happened on the dates carried out in Aragon.
Gerloff, which represents the fretboard marking on the World Superbike, is a confessed admirer of Rossi and often shares photos with his idol on his account Instagram.
“I am very honored that Yamaha considered me for this opportunity. This year has already been quite an adventure, and this would be the icing on the cake. Riding the MotoGP Yamaha YZR-M1 has been one of my dreams since I started racing so many years ago and potentially having the opportunity to make it happen is really exciting. " explained the 25-year-old pilot from Texas.
“I am sorry to have this opportunity in these unfortunate circumstances for Valentino. I feel very bad for him and I hope he recovers soon, we all miss not having number 46 on the track. I wish all the best for him "He said.
“If I end up racing this weekend it will be an uphill battle without knowing the bike, the tires, the brakes, etc. Also, I have never been to the Valencia track. But I'm sure of myself and ready for the challenge. "Gerloff concluded.