PETALING JAYA: Nine-time world champion Valentino Rossi of Petronas Yamaha Sepang Racing Team is all for the move to receive the Covid-19 vaccine ahead of MotoGP’s first race from March 26-28.
The Qatar government is offering all travelling members of the MotoGP world championship paddock access to the vaccine and Rossi hailed the move as a timely boost to protect the entire paddock in the new season.
Qatar is hosting all the pre-season testing for all classes of the championship, including Moto2 and Moto3 as well as the first two races end of this month.
The entire MotoGP family will be present in Qatar for up to five weeks.
“It’s the light at the end of the tunnel for us, ” commented Rossi when asked about the vaccination move by the Qatar government.
“I am very happy we are taking a big step forward to live as much a normal life as possible.
“We do not want to constantly worry if we are going to get it (Covid-19) and then having to miss two to three races as a result of this, which is what has happened to me.
“We will travel a lot and having increased prote ction is a good thing, ” said Rossi, who himself was tested positive for Covid-19 in October.
Rossi and teammate Franco Morbidelli did not take part in the final hour of the second day of pre-season MotoGP testing in Doha on Friday after the session was disrupted by sand storm on the circuit due to strong winds.
Morbidelli and Rossi ended pre-season testing fourth (1:53.323) and 11th fastest (1:53.993) respectively in the combined times while Australian Jack Miller of Ducati posted the fastest time of 1:53.183 to beat Spanish Yamaha rider Maverick Vinales into second place (1:53.244).