Yamaha casts doubt on Lorenzo replacing Rossi for MotoGP Teruel GP

Yamaha team manager Massimo Meregalli says he doesn't think Valentino Rossi will be replaced for next weekend's MotoGP Teruel Grand Prix after he tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday

Yamaha casts doubt on Lorenzo replacing Rossi for MotoGP Teruel GP

Rossi recorded a positive test after feeling unwell on Thursday morning.

He will not race in this weekend's Aragon GP, while his participation in the second Aragon event next week is highly unlikely.

Yamaha isn't planning to field a replacement this weekend, but talk of putting test rider Jorge Lorenzo on the bike for the Teruel GP has emerged.

The three-time MotoGP champion has only had four test days since February, the most recent of which at the two-day track familiarisation at the Algarve last week - though he is yet to actually ride the 2020 M1.

Meregalli says Lorenzo may be an option should Rossi be forced to miss the Valencia double-header next month, but admitted his performance in Portugal - where he was four seconds off of the pace-setting Aprilia of Aleix Espargaro - showed he needs more time on the bike first.

"Yesterday we received a bad surprise, which we didn't expect," Meregalli said when asked about Rossi's diagnosis on MotoGP's world feed.

"He tried to be safe, but unfortunately he caught it.

"Now we are just wishing him to be back as soon as possible. He is feeling a few of the symptoms.

"For sure we expect him to be back in Valencia, we don't think he'll be back for Aragon 2.

"In this moment, we have not talked yet to replace him here, but honestly speaking I don't think we will."

Speaking to Sky Sports Italy on Lorenzo, Meregalli added: "We now have 10 days to evaluate a replacement for Aragon 2, but at the moment we haven't talked to anyone.

"I don't rule out Lorenzo, but I think after the tests he did in Portimao it's clear that he needs to ride a bit more.

"Should Valentino not be able to return to Valencia, he [Lorenzo] will certainly be taken more into consideration.

"Lorenzo rode with us for a day and a half in Sepang in February, after which he never rode any bikes [until last week].

"We also talked about it with our riders, despite the fact that they are racing the championship, during the breaks they need to always ride.

"Surely Jorge has lost the habit of braking, speed, acceleration, so he definitely needs to turn a little more on the bike."

shares
comments
Seven-time MotoGP champion Rossi tests positive for COVID-19
Previous article

Seven-time MotoGP champion Rossi tests positive for COVID-19

Next article

Aragon MotoGP: Vinales tops Yamaha 1-2-3 in FP1 as Quartararo crashes

Aragon MotoGP: Vinales tops Yamaha 1-2-3 in FP1 as Quartararo crashes
Load comments
Injury, COVID, camels and redemption: A MotoGP star's Dakar odyssey Plus

Injury, COVID, camels and redemption: A MotoGP star's Dakar odyssey

Danilo Petrucci’s decision to switch to rallying at the conclusion of his time in MotoGP at the end of 2021 raised many eyebrows. Deciding to make his rally raid debut at the Dakar courted scepticism. With his debut almost over on several occasions before it began, Petrucci’s Dakar odyssey was a wild affair full of ups, downs and a run-in with a camel. He sat down with Autosport to reveal all

Why a difficult 2021 hasn't broken one Honda MotoGP ace's resolve Plus

Why a difficult 2021 hasn't broken one Honda MotoGP ace's resolve

Pol Espargaro’s switch to Honda for 2021 was one of MotoGP’s biggest rider market shocks. But a difficult bike coupled with various external factors led to a difficult first campaign. As a critical 2022 campaign for both Espargaro and Honda looms, his 2021 experience hasn’t dented his long-held resolve

MotoGP
Jan 17, 2022
The Drive to Survive mistakes MotoGP must avoid in 2022 Plus

The Drive to Survive mistakes MotoGP must avoid in 2022

OPINION: MotoGP will get its own Drive to Survive-style series in 2022, airing on Amazon Prime Video. It’s a much-needed grab at the mainstream for MotoGP, but a paradigm shift in the series highlighted by one of its leading stars must be embraced and not overshadowed by a desire to replicate DTS’s popcorn drama

MotoGP
Jan 10, 2022
Why KTM's latest young outcast is a cautionary tale for MotoGP Plus

Why KTM's latest young outcast is a cautionary tale for MotoGP

Iker Lecuona’s absence from the 2022 MotoGP grid after losing his KTM ride will likely pass most onlookers by. But after just 30 race starts in a MotoGP move he was sucked into by circumstance, the World Superbike-bound 21-year-old's story should act as a warning to KTM - and MotoGP as a whole - in regards to its future stars

MotoGP
Jan 4, 2022
How Ducati's expanded roster will threaten MotoGP's balance in 2022 Plus

How Ducati's expanded roster will threaten MotoGP's balance in 2022

That Ducati will compete with eight prototypes in MotoGP this year is nothing new, having already done so between 2016 and 2018. But the involvement and coverage of the Borgo Panigale company in its alliances is now much greater than in past years, which could have the effect of unbalancing the premier class

MotoGP
Jan 3, 2022
Ranking the top 10 MotoGP riders of 2021 Plus

Ranking the top 10 MotoGP riders of 2021

Eight different riders won races across an ultra-competitive 2021 MotoGP season. Although Fabio Quartararo wrapped up the title with two rounds to go, the Yamaha rider had strong competition from the revitalised Ducati factory team and the world championship's returning king. Autosport picks out the year's 10 best riders

MotoGP
Dec 23, 2021
How Quartararo cast aside prior doubts to become MotoGP's new king Plus

How Quartararo cast aside prior doubts to become MotoGP's new king

Doubts were cast over Yamaha’s French recruit after his disastrous end to the 2020 MotoGP season with Petronas SRT, but Fabio Quartararo answered them convincingly in 2021 to claim a MotoGP title that exhibited both his devastating speed and mental strength

MotoGP
Dec 7, 2021
The Rossi-less future MotoGP must now navigate Plus

The Rossi-less future MotoGP must now navigate

Motorcycle racing's greatest showman has left the stage, as Valentino Rossi calls time on his remarkable career on two wheels. But in his successors, all of whom were inspired by 'the Doctor', grand prix racing has vibrant new acts to keep us hooked

MotoGP
Dec 4, 2021