The nine-time world champion, Valentino Rossi, was to compete in Abu Dhabi with the Kessel Racing team in a Ferrari 488 GT3.
The doctor was supposed to share the car with his close friend Alesio Saluchi and his half-brother and current MotoGP rider Luka Marini.
However, the team confirmed that Rossi was in contact with a person positive for the corona virus and is now in self-isolation.
As a result, Rossi will not be driving in the “12 hours of the Gulf” race this weekend.
Sallucci and Marina will continue to compete, and former GP3 runner and regular competitor in GT races, David Fumanelli, will take Rossi’s place.
“Valentino Rossi will not attend the upcoming race, scheduled for Saturday, January 8.”, reads the statement.
“The nine-time world champion had contact with a person positive for kovid-19, so he is in quarantine.”
“Luka Marini and Alesio Saluchi will perform on schedule and we are waiting for them in Abu Dhabi, along with David Fumanelli and a Ferrari 488 GT3 car with number 46 on it.”
This year’s edition of the “12 Hours of the Bay” race was supposed to serve as a springboard for Rossi’s campaign in this year’s GT Championship. Let us remind you, the Italian legend said goodbye to the premier class at the end of last season.
Source: Moto Berza by www.moto-berza.com.
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