Some of the MotoGP riders based in Andorra - including Fabio Quartararo, Alex Rins, Aleix and Pol Espargaró, Maverick Viñales and Tito Rabat - have completed their first track laps on a motorcycle since the coronavirus lockdown.

While many MotoGP riders have been following Jack Miller's social media with envy during the European lockdown - the Australian able to ride motocross uninhibited at home - Italian racers have also recently been allowed to resume training on two-wheels.

Meanwhile Andorra, where a total of 22 grand prix riders have residency, initially allowed only Trials.

"Andorra has said that professional riders can go just a couple of hours to practice some Trials in one place," Suzuki's Joan Mir said last week. "This is good news but not enough because there are a lot of riders, like the Italian guys - they can go out now, the ones that are living in Tavullia to the ranch and these things."

However, as part of Phase 2 of the principality's deconfinement plan, the Government of Andorra gave permission for professional riders to begin training at the Circuit Andorra Pas de la Casa (altitude of 2,400 metres!) from Wednesday.

Those present had to follow an anti-contamination protocol, with training sessions divided into two groups and different time slots to avoid having more than ten riders together.

During the morning there was practically no action due to wet conditions, but once the track dried out those present were able to complete their first two-wheel laps since early March.

Training will continue as riders prepare for the new proposed MotoGP season-opener at Jerez, on July 19.

Latest 2020 MotoGP Calendar (including free weekends)

Round

Date

Race

Circuit

 

8 March

Qatar (MotoGP cancelled)

Losail

 

17 May

France (postponed)

Le Mans

 

31 May

Italy (postponed)

Mugello

 

7 June

Catalunya (postponed)

Barcelona

 

21 June

Germany (cancelled)

Sachsenring

 

28 June

Netherlands (cancelled)

Assen

 

12 July

Finland (cancelled)

KymiRing

1

19 July

Spain (proposed)

Jerez (rescheduled)

2

26 July

Andalusia (proposed)

Jerez

 

2 August

 

 

3

9 August

Czech Republic

Brno

4

16 August

Austria

Red Bull Ring

 

23 August

  

5

30 August

Great Britain

Silverstone

 

6 September

  

6

13 September

San Marino

Misano

 

20 September

  

7

27 September

Aragon

Aragon (rescheduled)

8

4 October

Thailand

Buriram (rescheduled)

 

11 October

  

9

18 October

Japan

Motegi

10

25 October

Australia

Phillip Island

11

1 November

Malaysia

Sepang

 

8 November

  

12

15 November

Americas

COTA (rescheduled)

13

22 November

Argentina

Termas de Rio Hondo (rescheduled)

14

29 November

Valencia

Ricardo Tormo (rescheduled)

November seen as cut-off for European races

 

6 December

 

 

 

13 December

 

Mid-December seen as cut-off for races outside Europe

 

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