Valentino Rossi to travel to Valencia after negative COVID-19 test

Valentino Rossi missed the past two races at Spain's MotorLand Aragon circuit after testing positive to COVID-19. Joe Klamar/AFP via Getty Images

MotoGP great Valentino Rossi has been cleared to travel to Spain ahead of the weekend's European Grand Prix in Valencia, after his latest COVID-19 test was negative, his Yamaha team said.

The Italian, who missed two races at Spain's MotorLand Aragon circuit because of the virus, will take another test on Friday; only if he passes that will he be allowed to rejoin his team and compete.

Rossi has been in isolation at home in Italy after testing positive for the virus as recently as Tuesday.

The 41-year-old is the first MotoGP rider to test positive for the new coronavirus.

American World Superbike rookie Garrett Gerloff is on standby to ride if nine-time world champion Rossi is unable to race.