Laia Sanz

FIM Fair Play trophy

Since its introduction in 1986 the FIM Fair Play trophy has been awarded on nine occasions. The award was created in order to encourage an awareness of the concept of fair play and to reward any significant act of the same in motorcycle sport. The award is open to individuals, riders, teams, national federations, clubs, spectators, organisers or firms who have shown a great sense of fair play.

The recipient of the award is determined by the FIM Award and Recognition Committee who this year deemed Spain’s Trial and Enduro Queen - Laia Sanz to be a worthy winner of the same following her unselfish actions during the 2016 Dakar Rally.

Sanz, who holds an incredible thirteen FIM Women’s Trial World Championships and is a five times winner of the FIM Women’s Enduro World Cup has more recently established herself to be a real contender at the Dakar Rally. Laia’s ninth place overall in the motorcycle class in the World’s most famous rally in 2015 was the best ever result to be achieved by a female rider in the long history of the gruelling competition.

During the event in 2016 Sanz came across France’s Pela Renet who was making his debut in the Dakar. The highly capable Husqvarna rider had crashed heavily a few kilometres short of the finish on day four when the riders had covered over four hundred kilometres. Despite her own fatigue and desire to produce her best performance, Laia did not have to think twice as she immediately halted her own passage to attend to the injured rider ahead of the medical crew arriving on the scene.  

Sanz explained the unfolding situation in her own words. "Renet passed me on the special and then I followed him - I was at kilometre 402 when it happened. At first, when I found Renet, I was scared because he was unconscious. He had some pain on his hip and his back, but he was more or less fine.”

"Helping someone is what any rider should do, that's normal and it was important. Though I lost time it was the right thing to do."

Sanz was later given back the time she had lost whilst helping her fellow competitor and went on to finish fifteenth in the motorcycle class of the 2016 Dakar Rally having also had to overcome problems of her own.

Laia’s extraordinary act of kindness and fair play was shared around the World by the various media / news outlets and widely across all forms of social media. This reached an audience way beyond the motorcycle community and in doing so sent a powerful and inspirational message to the masses and especially to the younger generation that true sporting values still exist in motorcycling. 

Federazione Motociclistica Italiana

FIM Road Safety Award Winner

The award recognises associations, individuals or organisations that have made an outstanding contribution to motorcycling safety on the road.                    

The 2016 winner is the Federazione Motociclistica Italiana (FMI) for its programme of road safety training.  

The FMI is the Italian motorcycling federation affiliated to the FIM. It is famous for being one of the most successful organisations in the history of motorcycle sports. Less well known outside Italy is the FMI’s rider training programme.  

Italy is a country where the use of powered two wheelers (mopeds, scooters and motorcycles) is a major feature of everyday travel. For example in the greater Rome area over 700,000 such vehicles are in use.  

With ancient cities such as Rome, there is as much “city” under the ground as above it. This makes it difficult to extend public transport in the form of underground train networks. Additionally, the favourable climate makes using a two-wheeled vehicle an attractive option.  

FMI training covers a wide range of activities. For example, it has been invited into schools, in partnership with the Ministry of Education.    

During the year the FMI also organises special “road shows” in partnership with the police, fire service and ambulances service. Students from several schools congregate at these events. The emergency services demonstrate the reality of road traffic collisions in a dramatic way.  

The FMI has also taken on the task of training the government officials who administer the riding test.     

Another aspect of this activity is vocational training, for example training of postal workers who ride small powered two wheelers with heavy loads of letters and parcels.  

In order to deliver this broad range of services, the FMI has built up good relationships with several Italian ministries covering Education, Infrastructure and Public Works.  

The large-scale use of powered two wheelers in Italy makes this work an important contribution to road safety on a day-to-day basis.  

The Jury

In evaluating the applications for this Award and selecting the winner, the FIM is assisted by an independent panel of judges. We are grateful for their valuable help. They are:

Mr Antonio Avenoso 

Executive Director, European Transport Safety Council 

Mr Tim Buche

President & CEO

Motorcycle Safety Foundation of the USA

Dr Luciano Iorio

Chair, Road Safety Working Party (WP1)

United Nations Economic Commission for Europe

Dr Rohit Baluja

President

Indian Institute of Road Traffic Education

Dr-Ing. Achim Kuschefski

Director

Institute for Motorcycle Safety  

Germany

AMA Get Women Riding Campaign

FIM Woman in Motorcycling Award

2016 sees the second edition of the FIM Women in Motorcycling Award. By creating this award the FIM looked to recognise and celebrate those who have significantly contributed to improving and developing the presence of women in all motorcycling-related areas and encouraged a greater awareness of women in motorcycling.

This award is for a project, activity or initiative implemented by individuals, groups or organisations (e.g. CONUs, FMNs, clubs, organisers, promoters, circuit owners, manufacturers, teams etc.) and that can provide mid or long-term solutions to help develop the presence of women in all motorcycling-related activities and that can have lasting effects and impacts on the awareness of women in motorcycling.

After a thorough examination of the various candidatures received from the different continents, the International Jury decided the winner of the 2016 award - AMA Get Women Riding Campaign.

The AMA Get Women Riding Campaign was created with two main objectives. The first being to inspire non-riding women to ride and the second to build the confidence of existing women riders to ride more.

The campaign had many individual initiatives that took full advantage of modern media. It included a re-launch of the website www.womenandmotorcycling.com, four inspirational videos that promote the positive benefits of

motorcycling for women, extensive social media outreach including a dedicated Facebook page

(www.facebook.com/AMAWomenAndMotorcycling), and articles in American Motorcyclist magazine by female

AMA members who ride.

In addition, the spirit of the campaign gave rise to additional AMA activities, such as AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days where prominent women riders were present on both adventure riding and competition.

Since its relaunch, tens of thousands of individuals have visited the new website, with many more having viewed the campaign’s videos on the AMA’s Youtube channel, not to mention the thousands who have been engaged via social media.  

With ability to replicate being an important part of any winning initiative, the AMA Get Women Riding Campaign is a broad initiative that would be effective in any region that has a large population of non-motorcycling women with access to a safe, developed infrastructure. All elements of the AMA Get Women Riding Campaign can be

replicated to further outreach to new women motorcyclists. The AMA, or its promoting and organisational partners, has the capability to continue with a series of introductory programs that borrow developed curriculum, teaching the basics of motorcycling and motorcycle safety to new riders.

The FIM Women’s Commission was able to gather a highly experienced jury for this award which composed of a Member of the FIM Awards and Recognition Board Committee, the CFM Director, the FIM Women’s Legend of the current year (2015) – Ms Martine de Cortanze (France) and two independent experts appointed by the FIM.