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MotoGP Valencia: Family Covid positive rules out Lecuona

Red Bull KTM Tech3’s Iker Lecuona has been forced to withdraw from this weekend’s Valencia MotoGP after his brother tested positive for Covid19.

Although Lecuona himself has tested negative, the Spaniard, who lives together with his brother in Andorra, needs to undergo another PCR test today in order to confirm his negative result.

Yet, due to the Andorran legislation Lecuona is forced to quarantine himself for 10 days and will not be allowed to start the Gran Premio de Europa this weekend.


“We are very sad to announce that Iker Lecuona won’t be participating in the Gran Premio de Europa this weekend,” said team boss Herve Poncharal.

“So far, he’s been tested negative, but his brother, who is also his assistant is positive and therefore the Andorran authorities have called him ‘contact case’.

“He will have another test today, but even if it’s negative again, he’s got to stay in quarantine without moving from his home in Andorra for 10 days.

The plan is to have another test next Wednesday and if this one is negative as well, he will be able to travel to Valencia and participate in Valencia II.

“This is very unfortunate, everybody was very careful. We are deeply sorry for that. We just hope that Iker will keep negative on the next tests and that we can see him next week here.

“Don’t forget, this is his home Grand Prix and him and the team were expecting so much from these two races, that it’s a real pity. But with how the world is at the moment, unfortunate things like this are happening.

“Again, we hope everything will be back to normal next week. Of course, he won’t be replaced for this event, therefore the whole Red Bull KTM Tech3 team will concentrate on our sole rider, Miguel Oliveira.”

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