Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. (YMC) and Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP decided not to enter a replacement driver to replace the Italian Valentino Rossi at Teruel Grand Prix, the 12th date of Motorcycle World Championship which will be held next weekend in Arago. In this way, the possibility of seeing the Spanish in action again disappears. Jorge Lorenzo, who is a tester for the team.
Italian measures on COVID-19 require that anyone who tests positive be in self-isolation for 10 days from the moment of the test and in Rossi's case, he will meet that deadline on Sunday, October 25.
Before returning to normal life, the rider will need to perform an additional PCR test and record a negative result. Therefore, Rossi will only be able to participate in a MotoGP event at the European Grand Prix, which will be held at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit in Valencia from November 6 to 8.
“Yamaha has carefully weighed its options and decided not to enter a replacement rider to replace Rossi for the next Teruel Grand Prix. This decision was based on the great stress exerted on the members of Yamaha's MotoGP project during this season influenced by COVID-19 "the team explained in a statement.
“Considering the reduced number of staff at the events, as well as the mandatory long stay of YMC engineers and team staff outside the EU, YMC and Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP choose not to impose the additional stress of having to adapt to a new driver who would replace Rossi for a single race weekend ", Agregó.
Although by regulation, Yamaha should present two motorcycles, its decision does not violate it. El article 1.11.3.ii states that: "Teams must make all reasonable efforts to provide a qualified substitute rider to fulfill their registration obligations within 10 days of withdrawal." In the case of Rossi's withdrawal from the Aragon GP, it was communicated by Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP on Friday, October 16. This means that the 10-day time limit would be reached on Monday October 26, one day after the Teruel Grand Prix ...
In this way, during the second consecutive appointment at the Aragon track, the team will fully focus its efforts on supporting the Spaniard Maverick Viñales.