MotoGP: Positive Covid-19 test rules Iker Lecuona out of the Valencia GP
Iker Lecuona has been ruled out of this weekend's Valencia Grand Prix after testing positive for Covid-19.
The Tech3 KTM rider has been self-isolating for the last 10 days, missing the European GP as a result, after his brother and assistant tested positive. After missing yesterday's opening practice sessions, Lecouna travelled to Valencia early this morning in order to take part in Saturday's sessions.
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However, upon arrival Lecouna, per MotoGP protocol, underwent another swab PCR test which came back positive. This means that he'll be unable to take part this weekend.
"We have sad news today," team manager Hervé Poncharal said. "Although Iker has been tested negative three times, the last test he took this morning at the entrance of the circuit showed positive. Therefore, he won’t be able to enter the circuit and participate at the Gran Premio de la Comunitat Valenciana.
"He will be tested furthermore in order to understand if ever he can fly to Portugal to participate at the last Grand Prix of the season in Portimao."
Fortunately, the team has confirmed that Lecouna is not showing any symptoms of coronavirus. No replacement will be brought in this weekend.