Nine-time Moto GP world champion Valentino Rossi has revealed he has tested positive for Covid-19.

The 41-year-old raced last weekend in Le Mans, where he crashed on the opening lap, and was next planning to compete in Aragon, Spain, where the following two races are held.

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However, he will miss this weekend’s Aragon GP and could also be a doubt for the second race at the same venue.

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In a statement on Twitter, Rossi wrote: “Unfortunately this morning I woke up and was not feeling good. My bones were sore and I had a slight fever, so I immediately called the doctor who tested me twice.

"The ‘quick PCR test’ result was negative, just like the test I underwent on Tuesday. But the second one, of which the result was sent to me at 16:00 this afternoon, was unfortunately positive.

"I am so disappointed that I will have to miss the race at Aragon. 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.

"I am sad and angry because I did my best to the respect the protocol and although the test I had on Tuesday was negative, I self-isolated since my arrival from Le Mans.

"Anyway, this is the way it is, and I can’t do anything to change the situation. I will now follow the medical advice, I just hope I will be feeling well soon."

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