New factory Yamaha MotoGP team rider Fabio Quartararo has revealed he contracted Covid in December.

Posting on Instagram, the young Frenchman – who won three races and led much of the 2020 world championship for the satellite Petronas team, before a late drop to eighth in the final standings - added that he is now back to 'top level' fitness.

Valentino Rossi, the rider Quartararo is replacing at Monster Yamaha this season, and Iker Lecuona are the only other MotoGP competitors known to have caught Covid to date -  being forced to miss races as a result.

Rossi is taking over Quartararo's former place at the Petronas Yamaha this year.

Quartararo will join Maverick Vinales in presenting the latest 2021 Factory Yamaha colours during the team's online launch on February 15, followed by a track debut at the start of official MotoGP pre-season testing in Qatar early next month.

The 2021 season is then scheduled to begin, Covid restrictions permitting, with back-to-back night races at Losail starting at the end of March. The postponement of Argentina and Austin means Portimao has been parachuted in as round three.

 

Provisional 2021 MotoGP Calendar – January Update

Round

Date

Race

Circuit

1

28 March

Qatar (Evening race)

Losail

2

4 April

Doha (Evening race)

Losail

3

18 April

Portugal

Portimao

4

2 May

Spain

Jerez

5

16 May

France

Le Mans

6

30 May

Italy

Mugello

7

6 June

Catalunya

Barcelona

8

20 June

Germany

Sachsenring

9

27 June

Netherlands

Assen

10

11 July

Finland (Subject to homologation)

KymiRing

11

15 August

Austria

Red Bull Ring

12

29 August

Great Britain

Silverstone

13

12 September

Aragon

Aragon

14

19 September

San Marino e Della Riviera di Rimini

Misano

15

3 October

Japan

Motegi

16

10 October

Thailand

Buriram

17

24 October

Australia

Phillip Island

18

31 October

Malaysia

Sepang

19

14 November

Comunitat Valenciana

Ricardo Tormo

Postponed Grands Prix:
 11 AprilArgentinaTermas
 18 AprilAmericasCOTA
Reserve Grand Prix Venues:
  Indonesia (Subject to homologation)Mandalika
  RussiaIgora Drive
2021 Pre-season Testing:
 5 MarchQatar Shakedown TestLosail
 6-7 MarchQatar Official TestLosail
 10-12 MarchQatar Official TestLosail
 

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