Valentino Rossi announces he has COVID-19; will miss MotoGP race Sunday at Aragon

Valentino Rossi has COVID-19
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Nine-time champion Valentino Rossi will miss the MotoGP race Sunday as “The Doctor” has tested positive for COVID-19.

The Monster Energy Yamaha rider announced via social media that he learned Thursday afternoon that he had contracted the virus after waking up with soreness and a slight fever. Rossi said he was tested twice, coming up negative on a quick PCR test before the second result Thursday afternoon was positive.

MotoGP will be racing in consecutive weeks at MotorLand Aragon in Spain, and the Italian star expects he could miss both races.

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“I am so disappointed I will have to miss the race at Aragon,” Rossi wrote. “I’d like to be optimistic and confident, but I expect the second round at Aragon (on Oct. 25) to be a “no go” for me as well. I am sad and angry because I did my best to respect the protocol, and although the test I had on Tuesday was negative, I self-isolated since my arrival from Le Mans.

Valentino Rossi before Sunday’s race at Le Mans (Steve Wobser/Getty Images)

“Anyway, this is the way it is, and I can’t do anything to change the situation. I will now follow the medical advice, and I just hope I will be feeling well soon.”

Rossi, 41, was coming off a rough race at Le Mans, France, where he crashed on the opening lap.

He has one podium in nine races this season for Yamaha and announced last month he will be moving to Petrona Yamaha SRT next season.

Max Verstappen is PointsBet favorite to score sixth staight in 2022 Singapore Grand Prix

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Max Verstappen is the PointsBet Sportsbook odds favorite to win the 2022 Singapore Grand Prix on the Marina Bay Street course to stretch his current win streak to six consecutive. He shows odds of -200 this week.

Formula 1 did not compete in Singapore in 2020 or 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but Verstappen has podium finishes in his last two attempts on this track. he was second in 2018 and third in 2019. In the first 15 races of this season, he has failed to stand on the podium only twice and has an average finish of 2.73.

With minus odds, the way to determine a payout is by subtraction. In order for a bettor to earn $100, he must wager $200 this week; with that wager, he will get back his initial stake and winnings of $100.

For bettors more comfortable with fractional odds, a bet of +300 is the same as 3/1.

Charles Leclerc is ranked second this week with +400 odds. He has two previous Singapore GP starts to his credit with a best of second in 2019. He is coming off back-to-back podium finishes with a third in the Dutch GP and a second at Monza.

Ranked third is Carlos Sainz, Jr. with a line of +1100. He has top-five finishes in four of his last five starts, but only one of these, a third in the Belgian GP, was on the podium. Sainz is one of four winners other than Verstappen this season. His victory came in the British GP.

Lewis Hamilton shows a line of +1200. His last win came last fall in the Saudi Arabian GP and the Mercedes team has struggled to contend for victory in 2022. They are improving, however, with eight top-fives in the last nine races. Hamilton has two wins in his last three Singapore starts, which came in 2017 and 2018.

Rounding out the top five is Hamilton’s teammate George Russell at +1800. He has not won, but has shown remarkable consistency with top-fives in all but one race. Notably, his only bad finish came in his home GP in England. Russell has one previous start at Marina Bay; he finished last in the 2019 race. He finished fourth in 2019 as part of a four-race streak of top-fives.

The most recent Singapore GP winner from 2019, Sebastian Vettel is a longshot at +50000.

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