Australian Jack Miller has tested positive for Covid, pushing back the launch of the Ducati Lenovo MotoGP team.
This comes as Ducati has announced a record sale year in 2021 and Ducati Australia has recorded the biggest rise in sales for the company worldwide in 2021 with a 50% increase.
Ducati sold 59,477 motorcycles globally which is a new record for the Italian company, up 24% on 2020 and 12% over 2019.
Further to Ducati’s good news, the company has met the highest quality standards to be awarded the Top Employer Italy certification for the eighth year in a row.
And Ducati is also back in London with a new dealership in the railway arches of Vauxhall.
The only glitch in the Ducati good news is that Miller tested positive to Covid-19 on Wednesday 19 January.
Jack, whose contract with Ducati is under a clouds, will not make it back to Europe in time to take part in the official 2022 team photoshoot session.
The number 43 rider, who is asymptomatic, is in self-isolation in Australia and will do a second PCR test next week.
The 2022 Ducati Lenovo Team Season Launch scheduled for 28 January will be postponed to 7 February 2022.
It comes as Jack and team-mate Francesco Bagnaia, whose contracts run out this year, will be a in a three-way fight for the two seats with impressive rookie Jorge Martin.
Meanwhile, Jack hopes to head to the official MotoGP Shakedown test from 31 January – 2 February at Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia.
He says he is “doing fine”.
“Since I don’t have any symptoms, at least I can continue with my training,” he says.
“I miss you all and will see you in Sepang for the test.”