Yamaha confirms: No replacement for Rossi in GP Teruel


10:26 – The Yamaha MotoGP works team has not nominated a replacement for Valentino Rossi for next week’s Grand Prix in Teruel. The biggest reason for this is the already tough competition schedule for the teams. Preparing an extra rider is an effort that Yamaha does not want.

It is also the confirmation that Valentino Rossi will not return to the MotoGP paddock next week either. The Italian tested positive for the corona virus on Thursday and must be quarantined for ten days according to the guidelines of the Italian government. Before he can return, he will be tested again and must provide a negative test result. Yamaha states that it is therefore likely that Rossi will return during the Grand Prix in Valencia.

In a statement, Yamaha explains why it is not appointing a test driver for the upcoming race: “Yamaha weighed the options and decided not to appoint a replacement for Rossi at the Teruel Grand Prix. This decision is based on the fact that the employees of the Yamaha MotoGP team are already under considerable pressure during this season that has been disrupted by corona. Yamaha has a reduced number of employees at the races and the non-European employees, YMC engineers are required to stay long in Europe. YMC and Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP have therefore chosen not to create additional stress with the appointment of a new rider, who is expected to be ready for just a weekend. ”

MotoGP regulations require teams to do ‘everything reasonable’ to appoint a replacement within ten days of the rider’s withdrawal. Yamaha did not officially withdraw Rossi for the race weekend until Friday, leaving the ten-day period on Monday, October 26. Yamaha is therefore not obliged to appoint a replacement for next weekend.

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