MotoGP, the premier motorcycle racing World Championship, has recently detected its first positive COVID-19-infected case in a member of Dorna Sports’ TV crew, Motorsport.com revealed.
The website quoted Dorna as saying that after over 5,500 tests performed on all paddock personnel before their participation in the Spanish, Andalusia, and Czech GPs, one member in the FIM MotoGP World Championship paddock has tested positive for the COVID-19.
The result was returned during the testing ahead of the Austrian Grand Prix. Following the positive results, the infected person was immediately informed and quarantined in their hotel.
The person was tested further to confirm the result. The second test proved the positive and the staff member and all close contacts had been isolated. The local health authorities have yet to decide on the duration of self-isolation they are required to undertake.
The championship has taken to test any persons in secondary contact with individual, and each of them has returned a negative result.
This case was detected one week after the Racing Point Formula 1 driver Sergio Perez tested positive for the COVID-19, which forced him out of Silverstone race and this week’s 70th Anniversary Grand Prix.
Despite the infection, the Czech Grand Prix weekend is expected not to be affected as the MotoGP has deployed strict protocols amid the Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
Among the virus prevention measure, the MotoGP has reduced the paddock size permitted to each event and races organized without the attendance of fans. Those who want to enter the paddock must submit the negative COVID-19 test upon the arrival to each race, with the frequent temperature checks carried out.
The paddock has also carried out its own trace app, with the operation of social bubbles to prevent the interaction from reducing the possible virus spread.