Takaaki Nakagami will not compete in Argentina MotoGP race after having a COVID-19 positive result ahead of his travel for the race.
After Honda had to replace Marc Marquez with Stefan Bradl for this weekend’s Argentina MotoGP race, its satellite outfit LCR will miss the services of Nakagami after the Japanese rider returned with a COVID-19 positive result before his travel.
The usual pre-weekend COVID-19 test returned positive for Nakagami on Monday. He performed two more tests which resulted the same. He, therefore, will not be heading to the Termas de Rio Honda circuit for this weekend’s return of Argentina GP.
No replacement has been named by LCR with Alex Marquez likely to be the sole Honda rider especially with Bradl busy with factory commitments. “Takaaki Nakagami tests positive for Covid-19 The LCR Honda IDEMITSU rider will miss this weekend’s Argentina GP after returning a positive test on Monday before heading to Termas de Rio Hondo.
“The rider has had no symptoms and took two more tests and all of them returned positive. The Japanese rider is hoping to be able to return to the paddock for the Americas GP next week,” said a small statement from LCR on its social media.
“Unfortunately, I will not race this weekend in Argentina. I am really sorry for my team, sponsors and fans. I don’t have any symptoms and I am feeling good,” stated Nakagami, who sits 14th in the riders’ standings after the two rounds in 2022.
UPDATE: With the delayed schedule of Argentina GP, Nakagami will make it to compete in the weekend after the Japanese rider tested negative for COVID-19. He is on his way to Argentina as per the latest information from LCR.
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