The coronavirus attacks Yamaha and disrupts their plans in MotoGP

Six engineers from the Iwata factory, including the project leader in the MotoGP World Championship, are isolated in Andorra.


Serious setback for the Yamaha Motor Racing team before the start of the 2020 French GP. The Iwata factory has issued a press release to communicate that an engineer has tested positive for coronavirus in the PCR tests that the championship performs on the World Cup caravan every race Monday.

A result that has forced five more technicians to be confined in Andorra, including Takahiro Sumi, project leader of the Japanese team in the queen class, since despite having given negative in two anti-COVID-19 tests the The protocol specifies that they must also remain isolated as they have maintained close contact with this person.

Similarly, the Japanese team is working so that the personnel who traveled to Portimao with Jorge Lorenzo can travel to Le Mans and cover these losses in a grand prix where Maverick Viñales and Valentino Rossi will try to take advantage of the presence of rain to cut the disadvantage that separates them from Fabio Quartararo in the drivers standings.

Official statement from Yamaha Motor Racing

“Yamaha Motor Racing regrets to announce that six engineers from the Yamaha MotoGP Group, including YZR-M1 project leader Takahiro Sumi, will not be able to wait for this weekend's French Grand Prix. Due to travel restrictions, several of Yamaha's MotoGP employees frequently stay in Andorra in the breaks between consecutive rounds.

On this occasion, after passing the regular PCR test on the Monday before their planned departure from Andorra, a member of Yamaha's engineering staff received a positive result for COVID-19 on Tuesday, while the other five members of the group from YMR engineers tested negative. 24 hours later a new test was performed to confirm the first test. The results of the second test were identical, confirming the initial positive result for one member and the negative results for the other five.

As a consequence, the six YMR engineers in this tour group are isolated in Andorra and will not attend the next race weekend at Le Mans. YZR-M1 project leader Takahiro Sumi and the other five engineers will stay in contact with team personnel at the Le Mans track using new communication tools that the team has used since the restart of this racing season. MotoGP affected by COVID-19.

This new communications system allows them to remain remotely connected with team personnel and pilots in the box before, during and after each session. Thanks to this technical solution, the self-isolated engineers will be able to offer their best support to the personnel present at Le Mans. The infected engineer is currently showing no symptoms, but will continue to be monitored by his colleagues and medical staff in Andorra. The situation will be reviewed in the middle of next week with a view to the group's participation in the next events in Aragon ".

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