Yamaha casts doubt on Lorenzo replacing Rossi for MotoGP Teruel GP

Lorenzo is unlikely to replace Rossi for the MotoGP Teruel GP
Yamaha team manager Massimo Meregalli doesn't think Valentino Rossi will be replaced for the MotoGP Teruel Grand Prix next weekend after testing positive for COVID-19 on Thursday.
Rossi recorded a positive test after feeling uncomfortable Thursday morning.
He will not be participating in the Aragon GP this weekend, while his participation in the second Aragon event next week is highly unlikely.
Yamaha is not planning a replacement this weekend, but there is talk of putting test rider Jorge Lorenzo on the bike for the Teruel GP.
The three-time MotoGP champion has only had four days of testing since February, the last of which was during the two-day route briefing in the Algarve last week - although he has not actually driven the 2020 M1 yet.
Meregalli says Lorenzo could be an option should Rossi be forced to miss Valencia's double header next month, but admitted that his performance in Portugal - where he was four seconds behind Aprilia's Aleix Espargaro pace - has shown that he needs more time to bike first.
"Yesterday we got a nasty surprise that we didn't expect," said Meregalli when asked about Rossi's diagnosis in the MotoGP World feed.
"He tried to be safe, but unfortunately he caught it.
"Now we just wish him back as soon as possible. He's feeling some of the symptoms.
"We sure expect him to be back at Valencia. We don't think he will be back for Aragon 2."
"At this point we haven't discussed replacing him here, but honestly, I don't think we will."
Lorenzo is unlikely to replace Rossi for the MotoGP Teruel GP
Speaking to Sky Sports Italy about Lorenzo, Meregalli added: "We now have 10 days to look into a replacement for Aragon 2 but at the moment we haven't spoken to anyone.
"I'm not ruling out Lorenzo but I think after the tests at Portimao it is clear that he has to drive a little more.
"Should Valentino not be able to return to Valencia he [Lorenzo] will certainly be given more attention.
"Lorenzo rode with us in Sepang for a day and a half in February, after which he never rode his bike again [until last week].
"We also talked to our drivers about it, even though they are driving the championship, during the breaks that they always have to drive.
"Certainly Jorge has lost his habit of braking, speed and acceleration, so he definitely needs to spin a little more on the bike."
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