Valentino Rossi says he has tested positive for coronavirus and expects to miss the next two races of the MotoGP season.
The 41-year-old Italian is a nine-time world champion and 13th in this season’s standings.
The next race will be in Aragon, Spain on 18 October, with another race at the same venue a week later.
“Unfortunately, this morning I woke up and I was not feeling good,” Rossi said in a statement on social media.
“My bones were sore and I had a slight fever, so I immediately called the doctor who tested me twice.”
He added that, while the “quick PCR test was negative”, the second one was positive.
“I am so disappointed that I will have to miss the race at Aragon,” said Rossi.
“I’d like to be optimistic and confident, but I expect the second round in Aragon to be a no-go for me as well.”