Alex de Angelis has expressed his 'anger' at the decision to go ahead with this week's official MotoE test at Jerez, despite the lockdown in Italy to try and contain the spread of coronavirus.

All teams with the exception of SIC58 (which opted to remain in Italy) are present in Spain for the opening test of the season for the electric-bike class and de Angelis accepts 'no-one forces us' to attend.

However, the Sammarinese feels running the event as planned showed 'zero respect' to Italians in the paddock.

The former MotoGP rider wrote on his Facebook page (in Italian):

'I don't think it's fair what they decided to do here in Jerez for the MotoE test. Zero respect to all the Italians who are here working but would like to go home to their respective families. It's true that no one forces us to stay (indeed @pramacmotoe would buy us any ticket to go home even immediately) but it is not sporting by the organization to facilitate all the other teams and riders of the other nationalities by continuing the test as if the problem wasn't so important and widespread.

'This is my personal opinion.'

de Angelis was sixth quickest on day one of the three-day test.

The second season of MotoE is due to start at the same Jerez circuit, during the Spanish MotoGP weekend, on May 1-3.

 

 

Latest 2020 MotoGP Calendar

Round

Date

Race

Circuit

1

8 March

Qatar (no MotoGP class)

Losail International Circuit

2

19 April

Argentina

Termas de Rio Hondo

3

3 May

Jerez

Circuito de Jerez - Angel Nieto

4

17 May

France

Le Mans

5

31 May

Italy

Mugello

6

7 June

Catalunya

Circuit de Barcelona - Catalunya

7

21 June

Germany

Sachsenring

8

28 June

Netherlands

TT Circuit Assen

9

12 July

Finland*

KymiRing

10

9 August

Czech Republic

Brno

11

16 August

Austria

Red Bull Ring - Spielberg

12

30 August

Great Britain

Silverstone

13

13 September

San Marino

Misano

14

27 September

Aragon

MotorLand Aragon

15

4 October

Thailand

Chang International Circuit

16

18 October

Japan

Motegi

17

25 October

Australia

Phillip Island

18

1 November

Malaysia

Sepang

19

15 November

Americas

Circuit of the Americas

20

22 November

Valencia

Comunitat Valenciana - Ricardo Tormo