Yamaha not fielding replacement rider for Rossi

PETALING JAYA: Yamaha will not field a replacement for Valentino Rossi in the Teruel Grand Prix at Aragon this weekend, quashing hopes of a Jorge Lorenzo comeback.

The nine-time MotoGP world champion tested positive for Covid-19 at his home in Italy last week and had to skip the two races at Aragon.

Under his government’s rules, any person who tests positive must observe a 10-day quarantine.

Rossi will not be back in action until the European Grand Prix at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit in Valencia next month.

The Yamaha statement laid to rest speculations that three-time world champion Lorenzo could make a surprise comeback after taking part in track familiarisation in Algarve, Portugal last week.

After retiring at the end of last year, Lorenzo returned to Yamaha as their test rider.

Spaniard Maverick Vinales will be Yamaha’s only factory team representative in Aragon this weekend.

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