COVID-19 has hung over the world like a shroud of misery this year, and no matter how many precautions are taken, MotoGP sadly isn't shielded from it casting its gaze upon the paddock. On Thursday, having felt unwell at home in Italy, nine-time grand prix world champion Valentino Rossi became the first premier class rider to test positive for the virus and will miss this weekend's Aragon Grand Prix.
Rossi admitted on his social media accounts on Thursday evening that next weekend's Teruel GP at Aragon is likely a "no go" for him. This comes a week after six Yamaha team members were forced to self-isolate in Andorra after one member was hit by the virus, while Moto2 rider Jorge Martin was forced out of the Misano double-header last month after testing positive.
Predictably, the shock of Rossi's positive COVID-19 test wasn't allowed to settle in before social media was awash with speculation that Yamaha could call on test rider Jorge Lorenzo to make his MotoGP comeback.