TO UPDATE: Ducati has announced that following the news of Jack Miller’s positive Covid test and consequent absence from its scheduled 2022 MotoGP team start on January 28th, the factory has decided to postpone the start to February 7th.
Miller, who is asymptomatic, is currently self-isolating in Australia and will have a second PCR test next week. Since he is currently unable to travel, the official team photo shoot cannot take place in time for the “virtual” start on January 28th.
Meanwhile, the 2022 Ducati MotoGP livery will now be unveiled on January 31, on the first day of shakedown testing at Sepang in Malaysia, where test rider Michele Pirro will be on track for the first time this year.
Jack Miller will be unable to attend next week’s Ducati MotoGP start after testing positive for Covid-19.
The two-time 2021 race winner is unable to leave his home in Australia, where he spent the winter, due to the diagnosis.
“Hello folks, unfortunately as you can see I’m still here at home in Australia having tested positive for ‘Corona’ so I’m currently unable to travel and will miss the team presentation,” Miller said in a video Message on Twitter.
“I want to let you all know that I’m fine. no symptoms I can still continue training and what not here on the farm. I just can’t travel at this point.”
Teammate and runner-up Francesco Bagnaia will thus be the only Ducati Lenovo rider present at the virtual start on January 28th.
Miller’s next MotoGP appointment, once he has tested negative and is able to travel again, will be the official Sepang Test on February 5-6.
As he is no longer present at the team launch in Italy, Miller is now expected to fly directly from Australia to Malaysia.
I could only dodge him for so long before he jumped up and bit me! But until I can travel soon everyone has been well and healthy and looking forward to being back with the @ducaticorse team! pic.twitter.com/ik17O6R17O
— Jack Miller (@jackmilleraus) January 21, 2022