It’s not just about winning…

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Sport is not just about winning – it is also about sportsmanship, respect, fairness and sharing. Fair Play, being a good winner as well as a good loser, is an essential part of all sports. But sometimes, winning or losing matters less than these core values sport teaches us. Let us not forget that sport may be a competition but it is first and foremost an activity to be enjoyed for its own sake.

Candidates must show outstanding conduct and a remarkable sense of respect, placing safety and camaraderie first. The FIM Fair Play Trophy is not necessarily awarded each year, and that gives it a special meaning to those who have the honour of receiving it. As part of the elite of motorsport, riders have a social responsibility and therefore must inspire fans with the sense of Fair Play that they demonstrate.

This year’s candidates have both shown their sense of Fair Play by helping others in a distressing situation. Their commitment to such an act of Fair Play is admirable proof of support, kindness and solidarity. They are true role models for the motorcycling community.

CANDIDATES

Moto Clube do Porto (POR)

John and Beth Pineo, two Canadian motorcyclists, were involved in a terrible traffic accident after attending the FIM Mototour of Nations in Porto in 2016. Whilst in hospital, the couple were regularly visited by members of the Moto Clube do Porto, who brought them fruit, pastries and reading materials. They also took care of relaying the couples’ concerns to medical staff, in a country where not everybody is fluent in English, acting as liaison link with the hospital staff.

Jens Pester (DEU)

During the 2016 ISDE in Spain, Jens stopped during the race to help an injured rider. Regardless of his own time loss, he brought the rider out of harm’s way and gave him first aid. No one had stopped or reported the accident previously, and the German rider acted carefully and selflessly, making the injured rider his priority.

JURY

Mr Andrzej Witkowski (POL)
(Chairman) – FIM Vice-President, Polish Federation (PZM) 

Mr Pedro Venturo (PER)
(Member) - FIM Latin America President

Mr Wan Zaharuddin Van Ahmad (MYS)
(Member) - FIM Asia President

Mr Josep Punti (AND)
(Member) - Andorra Federation (FMA)

Mr Steve Aeschlimann (SUI)
(Member) - FIM CEO

When all is said and done

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As the ABBA song goes, we are still striving for the sky, but for this year all 2017 FIM Awards Champions are now standing calmly, their titles well and truly won! After this weekend’s action, newly titled Maikel Melero (FIM FreeStyle World Champion) and Marc Márquez (FIM MotoGP World Champion) both complete the list; the FIM will proudly reward 36 World Champions, 12 teams and 4 awardees at the 2017 FIM Awards Ceremony in Andorra-la-Vella.

Some highly prestigious guests will be among us and celebrating our Champions in the Andorran capital. Well-known faces will be there for the umpteenth time like Toni Bou (22 times FIM Trial and X-Trial World Champion), Emma Bristow (4 times FIM Women’s Trial World Champion), Jonathan Rea (hat-tricking FIM Superbike World Champion) and Marc Marquez (4 times MotoGP World Champion) as well as “newbies” Eddie Jay-Wade (FIM 85cc Junior Motocross World Champion), Franco Morbidelli (FIM Moto2 World Champion) and Frenchman Mathieu Tresarrieu (FIM Long Track World Champion). Also a regular at the FIM Awards, Ryan Dungey (AMA Supercross FIM World Champion) will sign off after a superb hat-trick of FIM World Titles (4th title overall), leaving the spotlight at the height of his glory.

This year’s edition will be marked by a newly conceptualised ceremony, with Stage Director Rodolph Nasillski bringing a fresh and creative impulse to the FIM’s traditional sports and entertainment bill. And because, with (almost) nothing left untried, the show must now go on, who better than World-class sports broadcaster and experienced Brit Gavin Emmett to bring it all to life and officiate as FIM Awards host.

Before the curtain goes up on the ceremony at 10pm, riders will please their fans with an autograph session in Andorra-la-Vella congress centre in the afternoon before donning their suits and bowties and their gala dresses. Although the FIM Awards Ceremony is an invitation-only event, the FIM is eager to share this magical moment with the entire community by offering a LIVE-streaming feed during this glamourous night on www.fim-awards.com and through multiple live stories on social media. So, now that all is said and done, don’t miss a single news-feed and stay tuned on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to get the latest updates!

 

ENDURO CATEGORY

FIM SuperEnduro World Champion – Colton Haaker – USA
FIM Junior Enduro World Champion – Bradley Freeman – GBR
FIM Youth Enduro World Champion – Andrea Verone – ITA
FIM EnduroGP World Champion – Steve Holcombe – GBR
FIM E2 Enduro World Champion – Josep García – ESP
FIM ISDE – World Trophy – France – FFM
FIM ISDE – Junior World Trophy – France – FFM
FIM ISDE – Women’s World Trophy – Australia – MA

 

TRIAL CATEGORY

FIM X-Trial Champion – Toni Bou – ESP
FIM TrialGP World Champion – Toni Bou – ESP
FIM Trial2 World Champion – Iwan Roberts – GBR
FIM Women's Trial World Champion – Emma Bristow – GBR
FIM Trial des Nations – Spain – RFME
FIM Women’s Trial des Nations – Spain – RFME

 

TRACK RACING CATEGORY

FIM Team Ice Speedway Gladiators World Champion – Russia – MFR
FIM Ice Speedway Gladiators World Champion – Dmitry Koltakov – RUS
FIM Team Long Track World Champion – Germany – DMSB
FIM Team Speedway Under 21 World Champion – Poland – PZM
FIM Speedway World Cup – Poland – PZM
FIM Long Track World Champion – Mathieu Trésarrieu – FRA
FIM Speedway Youth 250cc World Champion – Jonas Knudsen – DEN
FIM Speedway Under 21 World Champion – Maksym Drabik – POL
FIM Speedway Grand Prix World Champion – Jason Doyle – AUS

 

MOTOCROSS CATEGORY

FIM SnowCross World Champion – Adam Renheim – SWE
FIM 85cc Junior Motocross World Champion – Eddie Jay Wade – GBR
FIM 125cc Junior Motocross World Champion – Gianluca Facchetti – ITA
FIM Women's Motocross World Champion – Kiara Fontanesi – ITA
AMA Supercross FIM World Champion – Ryan Dungey – USA
FIM MXGP Motocross World Champion – Antonio Cairoli – ITA
FIM MX2 Motocross World Champion – Pauls Jonass – LAT
FIM Sidecar Motocross Rider World Champion – Etienne Bax – NED
FIM Sidecar Motocross Passenger World Champion – Nicolas Musset – FRA
FIM S1GP SuperMoto World Champion – Thomas Chareyre – FRA
FIM Motocross of Nations – France – FFM
FIM SuperMoto of Nations – France – FFM
FIM FreeStyle Motrocross World Champion – Maikel Melero – ESP

 

CIRCUIT RACING CATEGORY

FIM Endurance Team World Champion – GMT94 Yamaha – FRA
FIM Endurance World Champion – Niccolò Canepa – ITA
FIM Endurance World Champion – David Checa – ESP
FIM MotoGP Grand Prix World Champion – Marc Márquez – ESP
FIM Moto2 Grand Prix World Champion – Franco Morbidelli – ITA
FIM Moto3 Grand Prix World Champion – Joan Mir – ESP
FIM Superbike World Champion – Jonathan Rea – GBR
FIM Supersport World Champion – Lucas Mahias - FRA              
FIM Supersport 300 World Champion – Marc Garcia – ESP
FIM Sidecar Rider World Champion – Ben Birchall – GBR
FIM Sidecar Passenger World Champion – Thomas Birchall – GBR
FIM Moto3 Junior World Champion – Dennis Foggia – ITA

 

CROSS-COUNTRY RALLIES CATEGORY

FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Champion – Pablo Quintanilla – CHL

 

AWARDS CATEGORY – You’ll see… LIVE-Streaming on www.fim-awards.com 

FIM Fair Play Trophy Awardee
FIM Women in Motorcycling Trophy Awardee
FIM Environmental Trophy Awardee
FIM Road Safety Trophy Awardee 

Promoting the FIM “Ride Green” philosophy

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Environmental impact is one of the major issues when it comes to organising motorcycling events. The FIM has taken in consideration this impact and committed to raising awareness and promoting green solutions throughout the entire motorcycling community. In 1994, the first FIM Environmental Code was adopted, containing regulations and recommendations to improve the relationship between motorcycling and the environment and promote sustainable events.

Many factors have to be taken into consideration such as gas emissions, sound levels, waste management and social impact. The FIM International Sustainability Commission (CID) is committed to caring for the environment and this Award is a unique opportunity to promote innovative and environmentally friendly solutions.

Nominees for this award may be individuals, groups or organisations (FMNs, Clubs, Organisers Circuit Owners, Manufacturers, teams etc.) who have significantly enhanced environmental awareness and promoted eco-friendly behaviours. Their actions reflect the FIM’s concern for protection and preservation of the environment, encouraging alternative energy, environmental management systems and green programmes. Negative impact on the natural environment must be minimised whilst positive impact must enhanced, making motorcycling an even more sustainable and green community.

 

CANDIDATES

Motorcycle Federation of Andorra (FMA) (AND)
While organising several Trial, Enduro and Supermoto championships, the FMA has developed many green initiatives. Under the banner of the KiSS – Keep it Shiny and Sustainable – project, the Andorran Motorcycling Federation has promoted green attitude and awareness, enhancing visibility in all its events.

ISDE 2016 – Circuit of Navarra (ESP)
This circuit focused on respecting, caring for and integrating the environment during the FIM 2016 ISDE. Following the KiSS project, KiSS Navarra established a vast range of measures to ensure respect for the environment. By means of electric staff vehicles or reconditioning of unused roads, for example, the ISDE in Navarra made a contribution to sustainable sport.

MSC Grevenbroich (GER)
The German Motocross club has launched a vast awareness programme as well as working to protect certain endangered amphibian species on their site. Through educational measures and acting on a continual basis, MSC Grevenbroich’s volunteers  have managed to secure the population of amphibians on their site as well as showing that motorsport and the environment are not polar opposites.

Mugello Circuit (ITA)
Certified as a one of the most environmentally sustainable circuits, Mugello has a vast KiSS-related green programme. Its two main fields of action are separate waste collection and the fight against food waste. By installing recycling areas throughout the circuit and distributing recycling-kits to spectators, Italian circuit has demonstrated high-level of achievement.

The environmental panel of the Polish Automobile and Motorcycle Federation (PZM) (POL)
“Education” is the key-word for PZM’s Environmental Panel. With a wide range of educational actions such as games, lectures and awareness-raising activities, they provide eco-friendly tips and information to youth and fans and promote their actions through social media.

SVEMO Environmental Commission (SWE)
SVEMO’s main project is “Promotion of biodiversity and motorcycling”. Vast areas of land are left undisturbed and as a result some species are disappearing, favouring a very restricted biodiversity. By maintaining “continuous disturbance” and moto tracks, this project helps meadows and other diverse habitats to flourish, thereby safeguarding biodiversity through motorcycling.

 

JURY

Jill Savery (USA)
Sustainability consultant and advisor

Christina Martin (ESP)
Gestora Sostenibilidad en S.B.Ambiaudit,S.L.

Marius Matthee – CID Bureau (RSA)
International Environment Commission

Naysán Sahba (IND)
Senior Communications Division - UNEP

Jorgen Bitsch (DEN)
FIM Board of Directors member
 

Promoting a new Motorcycling Generation

Hundreds of riders have been proclaimed Champions; hundreds had to start somewhere, someday, young and unexperienced. Agostini, Doohan, Rainey, and more recently Rossi and Marquez; all started at the bottom and gradually made their way to the top. With today’s competitions being so hard to crack, new riders may not always have opportunities to pierce the veil and show to the Motorcycling community their talent. These youngsters just need the opportunity and space to do just that – like Jonas Knudsen (FIM Speedway Youth 250cc) and Marc Garcia (FIM Supersport 300), both crowned as the first ever FIM World Champions in their respective categories. Every year, the FIM rewards youth and junior categories in order to ensure a regular renewal of the two-wheeler elite. This year the FIM Awards will honour 8 Champions and 2 teams, some of them born after the year 2000!

Being a Youth or Junior rider does not mean things are simpler on the motorbike, far from it. In what is described by some as the toughest Enduro Championship, FIM Youth Enduro World Champion Bradley Freeman had to fight until the last race to secure the title. Regardless of age, riders can achieve brilliant records, like Andrea Verona with his 9 consecutive wins or Facchetti and his astonishing comeback after his pelvis injury. Facchetti’s feat is all the more surprising when you realise he is only 17! Other riders are even younger, like Dennis Foggia or Jonas Knudsen, both 16 years old, but this year’s youngest FIM Awardee is Eddie Jay Wade (FIM 85cc Junior Motocross), aged only 15 – talk about youth!

As if being born in the years 2000 and competing like a pro wasn’t pressure enough, some riders have a big legacy to live up to. Knudsen became FIM Speedway Youth 250cc Champion nearly 32 years after his coach Erik Gundersen was proclaimed FIM Speedway World Champion (the 1st of 3 World Titles). No doubt, when the master teaches the pupil, expectations are in order when it comes to winning the title. Foggia also has a special entourage; being the protégé of no other than 9 times FIM World Champion Valentino Rossi, the Junior Team VR46 Academy rider has some big shoes to fill, but his appetite for victory is not anywhere close to stopping short of his goal. As for Maksym Drabik, maybe talent is a family gene after all. Son of former Polish Champion Slawomir Drabik, he has talent running in his veins, like father like son.

CHAMPIONS

Andrea Verona – FIM Youth Enduro (ITA)
Bradley Freeman – FIM Junior Enduro (GBR)
Jonas Knudsen – FIM Speedway Youth 250cc (DEN)
Maksym Drabik – FIM Speedway Under 21 (POL)
Eddie Jay Wade – FIM 85cc Junior Motocross (GBR)
Gianluca Facchetti – FIM 125cc Junior Motocross (ITA)
Marc Garcia – FIM Supersport 300 (ESP)
Dennis Foggia – FIM Moto3 Junior (ITA)
 

2017 FIM Road Safety Award

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Safer riding, safer conditions, safer roads.

Every year, millions of riders roam the roads world-wide. In order to help them to stay safe while enjoying the ride, the FIM Road Safety Award promotes initiatives or technology improving road traffic safety, particularly for powered two wheelers.  The award may be conferred on an individual, a club, a national federation a governmental organisation, a non-governmental organisation, or a commercial entity. Through this award, the FIM wishes to encourage new solutions to diminish accidents, especially fatal injuries, making motorcycling an even safer passion.

The award can concern different aspects of safety such as improved gear, emergency procedures, devices or infrastructure. It also rewards actions that raise awareness of the existing risks and the precautions motorcyclists should take. Such actions can vary from safety guides to awareness campaigns or prevention stands. Instructors and learning material are valuable assets to the motorcycling community, relaying the latest safety measures to ensure minimum risk and maximum pleasure.

Road safety is also a major preoccupation in research and in policies. Improving material and innovating new alert systems is as fundamental as lobbying for appropriate road safety laws and advocating for safe riding conditions. Motorcycling safety is an essential part of the FIM’s values and this award is here to try to make sure that every day the roads become a little safer for motorcyclists.

 

CANDIDATES

“Stayin’ Alive” Prevention Campaign – Federation of Swiss Motorcyclists (FMS) (SUI)
The campaign aims to raise road safety awareness amongst motorcyclists and reduce accident rates. It innovates by speaking to riders in an inclusive way, through advertising and at events. Results show that the 2014-2017 campaign has succeeded in overcoming the defensive attitude towards accident prevention campaigns adopted by many motorcyclists up to now.

Impact Laboratory – Aragón Institute for Engineering Research, University of Zaragoza (ESP)
This lab is dedicated to road safety for riders and handles numerous projects geared to rider safety, safer infrastructure, and safer motorcycles.

Liberty Rider (FRA)
This French company is a leading innovator in the use of mobile phone technology to improve rider safety. Their Liberty Rider app places an automated call to emergency services in the event of a traffic accident.

Motorcycle Safety Foundation (USA)
The MSF is a not-for-profit organisation and the main rider training provider in the USA. Through an innovative E-learning platform, it has reached out to 145,000 riders in 53 countries across the world to teach learner motorcyclists about safer riding.

Nepal Automobile Sports Association (NASA) (NPL)
NASA has been nominated for its innovative work in road safety in the form of a national campaign addressing all aspects of safer riding. It has also carried out advocacy work linked to the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety.

Norwegian Motorcycle Union (NMCU) – “Full Kontroll” (NOR)
NMCU has developed the highly regarded rider training manual “Full Kontroll” and shared an English language edition with the whole motorcycling world free of charge. The latest addition is a set of videos to accompany the text.

Mr Omar Zarour (JOR)
Nominated for his dedication to improving road safety in Jordan and the wider Arab world, Mr Zarour has also devoted much of his free time over a period of two years to preparing an Arabic edition of the Norwegian rider training manual “Full Kontroll”.

 

JURY

The FIM Road Safety Awards winner is chosen by a panel of independent experts with an international reputation.

Mr Antonio Avenoso (ITA)
Executive Director, European Transport Safety Council

Dr Luciana Iorio (ITA)
Chair, United Nations Global Forum for Road Traffic Safety (WP1 UN ECE)

Dr-Ing, Achim Kuschefski (GER)
Director, Institut für Zweiradsicherheite e.V. (ifz Germany)

Mr Tim Buche* (USA)
President & CEO of the Motorcycle Safety Foundation USA

Dr Rohit Baluja (IND)
President, Indian Institute of Road Traffic

Mr Jesper Christensen (DEN)
Director, FIM Public Affairs Commission

Mr Andrezej Witkowski (POL)
Chair, FIM Awards and Recognition Committee

 

*Recused himself in 2017, MSF being a candidate.

2017 FIM WOMEN IN MOTORCYCLING AWARD

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It is part of the FIM's vision to increase and promote the presence of women in motorcycling. With this Award, through promotion, education and communication, the FIM and its Women in Motorcycling Commission (CFM) aim to encourage greater awareness of women active in all motorcycling–related activities.

This award aims to recognise, reward and celebrate those, individuals or organisations, who have significantly contributed to improve the presence of women at all levels. In line with CFM’s “talent to come first” approach, the award-winners share common values and a commitment to increasing the standard of female motorcycling and the number of participants, as well as the representation of women in leading positions throughout motorcycling federations.

Candidates for the Award seek to help women to be increasingly valued and included in the motorcycling world, by cooperating and creating opportunities such as women-only competitions and “have-a-go” events and by promoting role models. They develop sport and activities for women, thereby opening the motorcycling world to all.

CANDIDATES

Kiara Fontanesi (ITA)
Women’s Motocross Rider – 5 times WMX World Champion.

Leslie Porterfield (USA)
Landspeed and Circuit Racing – A mentor involved in motivational speaking and working with charities. She works with many organizations promoting motorcycle awareness, especially women and motorcycling. As an ambassador to women and riding, she aims at breaking barriers and inspiring women and kids.

Female Track Day in Dubai – Sabah Mukri (UAE)
Aims to create and organise the first ever female only track day in Dubai with the objective to encourage female riders to ride on track and have a safe and fun experience.

Toutes en Moto – Female Motorcycling Association (SUI)
A not-for-profit association based in Geneva that organizes a large annual event to draw attention to and defend Women’s Rights by using motorcycles as an example of emancipation, independence, freedom and dignity. Their motto is “Ride/Drive our lives”.

Women’s Commission – Portuguese Federation (FMP) (POR)
The commission has five main objectives: 1) represent the interest of female riders and encourage more participation; 2) raise awareness among female riders; 3) encourage more female riders to join the competition; 4) organize events to promote women’s participation; 5) organize specific female only events.

Missbiker – Community (ITA)
The objectives are: 1) to promote motorcycling among women and increase women’s presence both in touring & leisure as well as in competition; 2) encourage industry (manufacturers etc.) to provide better products and services to female riders; 3) create a network and community as well as organizing events, trainings etc.

Alan Critcher (UK)
Alan Critcher is a speedway enthusiast involved in promoting and raising the profile of female speedway riders around the world. He took part in a riding tour “Ladies Day” across UK to help promote women in Motorsport. He sponsored female Speedway riders to rife at various tracks around England (Carley Gittus AUS, Hayley Perrault USA, Micaela Bazan ARG…)

Enduro Xperience Da Mulher – Women’s Enduro Experience (BRA)
The main goal is to encourage and support women to participate in FIM standard Enduro and Off-road competition, to offer to newcomers a welcoming and helpful environment, with guidance on the rules and help on the sections, empowering them and making them feel confident to participate in competitions.

Girls Racing Team – Female only Endurance Team
The team’s objective is to be a “role model” and attract more female riders to Endurance. The results achieved by this female only Endurance Team show that it is possible for female riders to take part in this very demanding competition and discipline. It sets an example for other female riders who are looking to take part in competition.

Women’s Committee (West AUS)
The MWA Women’s committee was established in 2014 with the objective to promote and build women’s/girls participation in motorcycle sport in Western Australia, as riders, volunteers, coaches and officials , to advocate on behalf of women/girls with promoters/clubs/state for opportunity and recognition, and to build social capital and support networks amongst participants to encourage longevity in the sport.


JURY

Ms Erin Sills (USA)
Landspeed world record holder

Mr Alex Hofmann (GER)
Former Grand Prix Rider and MotoGP commentator

Ms Martine de Cortanze (FRA)
Former Rally and Enduro Rider and 2015 FIM Woman Legend

Ms Tomo Igata (JAP)
Former Grand Prix rider and 2016 FIM Woman Legend

Mr Pedro Venturo-Markoch (PER)
FIM Latin America President

Ms Nita Korhonen (FIN)
CFM Director

Andorra-la-Vella: a sensible choice

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Although Andorra might look smaller than its neighbours, the reputation it has built up in motorcycling events these last years is, on the contrary, quite impressive. Perched in the middle of the Pyrenees, Andorra-la-Vella stands proudly between France and Spain and is Europe’s highest capital city at a little over 1000 metres. This year, it is hosting its first ever FIM Awards, but the motorcycle vibes are strong in Andorra-la-Vella, venue for a vast number of FIM Trial World Championship rounds and other motorcycling events. This riders’ paradise is also home to numerous champions like Toni Bou.

The 22 times World Champion is not Andorra’s only motorcycle celebrity. French 5-time Dakar Champion Cyril Despres has lived in the country for the last 16 years. Although he chose to switch to cars in 2014, the Frenchman never gave up on his childhood passion. In 2015, Cyril Despres created the first Andorra500 classic in his adoptive country, with 150 motorcycles going on a three-day on-road rally.

You can find several museums in Andorra, in particular the World Champions by 99, opened by five-time FIM World Champion Jorge Lorenzo, which exhibits some very rare and precious items belonging to Michael Doohan, Marc Marquez or even Valentino Rossi. You can also find plenty of shops selling gear, motorbikes, goodies and much more.

Andorra is a motorcycle nation, no doubt about that!

WIN 2 VIP PASSES FOR THE FIM AWARDS 2017!

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The FIM offers you a unique opportunity to win 2 Exclusive VIP guest passes and meet the 2017 FIM World Champions during this year’s FIM Awards*.

Place: Andorra-la-Vella, Andorra | Date: 25-26 November 2017

By participating in this contest you can win 2 Exclusive VIP passes for the 2017 FIM Awards, which include:
- Flight to Barcelona (2 adults or 1 adult + 1 child over 8 years)
- Arranged transportation from Barcelona Airport to Andorra-la-Vella + vice versa
- 2 nights’ stay in Andorra-la-vella (25 + 26 November)
- Invitations to the FIM Pre-Event
- Invitations to the FIM Awards Dinner
- Invitations to the FIM Awards Ceremony
- Arranged transportation from hotel to venue + vice versa
- Take pictures with the Champions & share your experience on Social Media

Winners will be announced on 6 November!

GO TO THE CONTEST!

Over half of the Champions are now announced!

With less than two months to go, the FIM Awards 2017 Champions’ list is unscrolling a little more each day. Whilst several events are still on the go until early November, close to three quarters of the names are now known. With only weeks left, who will be the next name to feature on the FIM Awards Champions’ list?

Quintanilla retains his world title in Morocco.

Quintanilla retains his world title in Morocco.

Freshly announced champions are young Italian Dennis Foggia in the Moto3 Junior World Championship and World Champion Pablo Quintanilla in Cross-Country Rallies. The rider from Chile is thrilled to be back at our sports entertainment ceremony this year.

The 2017 FIM Awards will have the honour of rewarding defending champions Toni Bou – for his 11th titles in X-Trial and TrialGP, Jonathan Rea (Superbike), Ryan Dungey (Supercross), Emma Bristow (Trial), Thomas Chareyre (S1GP SuperMoto) and Colton Haaker (SuperEnduro). Several new faces will shine on the Awards stage this year including Italian motocross trio Antonio Cairoli (MXGP), Kiara Fontanesi (WMX) and Gianluca Facchetti (125cc Junior).

The FIM unveils the FIM Awards!

The Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) is proud to announce the new identity of its end-of-the-year flagship event.

The FIM Awards are about to become one the most renown Prize-giving ceremony in the world of sport.

Sport, suspense and glamour will be the watchwords of this breath-taking evening show! A glittering cast of no fewer than 40 world champions will gather onstage alongside high-profile guests to celebrate the end of this motorcycling season with a Grand Finale.

On Sunday 26 November, Europe’s highest capital Andorra-la-Vella will play host to the great motorcycling family in a spirit of festivity and harmony.

The FIM’s annual prize-giving ceremony is officially becoming the FIM Awards. To grow its audience reach, this premium event now has a new, modern and elegant logo perfectly reflecting the Federation’s values: passion, excellence, engagement and courage!

This identity-affirming get-together will mark the crowning moment for the year’s motorcycling heroes while showcasing the range and depth of the FIM’s activities.

An evening of surprises and sensations awaits you…

Be the next FIM Gala Host!

The Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme is officially launching its Invitation to Tender for the Hosting of the 2019 and 2020 FIM General Assemblies and Gala Ceremonies.

The FIM is the world governing body for motorcycle sport and the global advocate for Motorcycling.

The FIM Gala is the sporting season prize-giving ceremony. The most glamorous event of the motorcycling world is broadcast on TV and digital platforms. The FIM World Champions, Legends and Award Winners walk on stage to receive their medals in front of a prestigious gathering of FIM stakeholders; such as promoters, sponsors, influencers, associations; and international media.

The FIM Gala Ceremony is a unique opportunity for a city to host a star-studded event showcasing some 50 world champions and to associate itself with an exciting and high-profile sport.

The FIM General Assembly takes place one day before the FIM Gala Ceremony and brings together delegates representing more than a hundred National Federations on all continents around the world.

All the information on the FIM Gala and the bidding procedure can be found on hostfimgala.com

Andorra
la Vella
will host the 2017
FIM GA & Gala Ceremony
on 25 - 26 November

A large number of the FIM’s 113 affiliated National Motorcycling Federations will attend the FIM General Assembly, and the 2017 FIM World Champions in all disciplines will receive their prizes at the FIM Gala Ceremony.

© Tony Lara | From left to right: Mr Steve Aeschlimman - FIM CEO, Mr Josep Punti - President of the FMA, Mrs Conxita Marsol - Mayor of Anodrra la Vella, Mr Francesc Camp - Minister of Tourism and Commerce of Andorra and Mr Josep Maria Cabanes - Andbank Representative.

© Tony Lara | From left to right: Mr Steve Aeschlimman - FIM CEO, Mr Josep Punti - President of the FMA, Mrs Conxita Marsol - Mayor of Anodrra la Vella, Mr Francesc Camp - Minister of Tourism and Commerce of Andorra and Mr Josep Maria Cabanes - Andbank Representative.

The President of the Federació Motociclista d’Andorra (FMA), Mr Josep Punti, and the Chief Executive Officer of the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) Mr Steve Aeschlimann, held a press conference today in Andorra la Vella to announce officially the dates of the 2017 FIM General Assembly and Gala Ceremony in the company of the main sponsors of the Event: the Municipality of Andorra la Vella, the Government of Andorra and Andbank. The Mayor of Andorra la Vella, Mrs Conxita Marsol, announced that the capital of the Principality of Andorra is ready to become the "engine capital" and that “this event will bring the country international renown and help Andorra to become a household word all over the world.” The Minister of Tourism and Commerce of Andorra, Mr Francesc Camp, highlighted the “international media impact of the event and the importance of associating ‘brand Andorra’ with the world motorcycling elite for a two year period (2017 and 2018).”

Steve Aeschlimann explained that the FIM chose Andorra on account of its experience in organising international competitions, especially in Trial, and because of the FMA’s policy of organising environmentally friendly and sustainable events, which has earned it the FIM Environmental Award on two separate occasions. He also highlighted the country’s infrastructure and hotel capacity.

From left to right: Mr Steve Aeschlimman - FIM CEO, Mr Josep Maria Cabanes - Andbank Representative, Mrs Conxita Marsol - Mayor of Anodrra la Vella and Mr Francesc Camp - Minister of Tourism and Commerce of Andorra

From left to right: Mr Steve Aeschlimman - FIM CEO, Mr Josep Maria Cabanes - Andbank Representative, Mrs Conxita Marsol - Mayor of Anodrra la Vella and Mr Francesc Camp - Minister of Tourism and Commerce of Andorra

The FMA has organised, among other things, 20 Trial events at World level and two editions of the Trial des Nations (2008 and 2014), 3 World Supermoto events, 1 World Enduro event and 4 rounds of the CET Spanish Championship.

Mr Aeschlimann explained that the FIM General Assembly is the most important event in the FIM’s year, when the 113 affiliated National Motorcycling Federations take important decisions, for example to amend the FIM Statutes or the FIM Sporting Code. From 2010 onwards, the FIM General Assembly has been followed by the FIM Gala Ceremony at which the World Champions in all the FIM disciplines are called on stage to receive their medals. The most recent edition, in 2016, was held in the German capital, Berlin.

Tourism and Commerce Minister Mr Francesc Camp particularly emphasised the considerable media impact of the event, that can be quantified as 500 hours of television. The Mayor of Andorra la Vella, Mrs Conxita Marsol, pointed out that Andorra la Vella has splendid facilities for hosting major events and a high-quality hotel infrastructure ideal for hosting both the FIM General Assembly and the FIM Gala Ceremony.

© Comú d'Andorra la Vella / Tony Lara

BERLIN HOSTS A SUCCESSFUL SEVENTH FIM GALA CEREMONY

Tonight saw the seventh edition of the FIM Gala Ceremony take place, this time inside the famous Tempodrom, Berlin. Almost six hundred invited guests packed into the iconic venue in the historic city to enjoy a very special evening that rewarded the exploits of the World's best motorcycle riders. 

Streamed live on the FIM Gala website, a host of motorcycling legends were on hand to present the 2016 FIM World Champions with their respective awards, whilst also being honoured themselves for their achievements within two-wheel sport.

FIM Gala Ceremony hosts Matthew Roberts, Lisa Leyland and Gavin Emmett shared their passion and knowledge of motorcycle racing as they steered the audience through an evening to be remembered.

Legends such as Per-Olof Serenius, Tomo Igata, Gilles Burgat, Heinz Kinigadner, Gualtiero Brissoni, Jacky Vimond and Luigi Taveri were joined on stage by the likes of Marc Marquez, Johann Zarco, Brad Binder, Ryan Dungey, Jonathan Rea, Matthew Phillips, Toni Bou, Tim Gajser, Greg Hancock, and many more talented riders. The Women’s side of the sport was once again strongly represented by Emma Bristow, Livia Lancelot and Kirsi Kainulainen.

In addition to the many FIM World Champions who stepped forward to receive their awards, the FIM also made four special presentations. These included the FIM Fair Play Trophy presented to Laia Sanz; the FIM Environmental Award, which was won by the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya; the FIM Road Safety Award that was handed over to the Federazione Motociclistica Italiana (FMI); and finally the winner of FIM Woman in Motorcycling Award was announced as AMA Get Women Riding Campaign – USA.  

Speaking after the close of the ceremony FIM President Vito Ippolito stated: “It was a great honour to host the seventh edition of the FIM Gala Ceremony in the wonderful city of Berlin, and for the first time in Germany. The Tempodrom was a wonderful place to celebrate all our 2016 FIM World Champions and to enjoy this special moment with so many people. I want to thank the riders, teams and the whole motorcycling family for being here tonight and for supporting this very important event when once again we have shown to the World the great-spirit that continues to exist within motorcycling.

STARS OF THE RED CARPET

Invited guests, FIM World Champions past and present, FIM Legends plus their respective partners and entourages have just made their way down the red carpet into the Tempodrom ready to take their places inside this impressive venue for the seventh edition of the FIM Gala Ceremony. 

PRESS CONFERENCE BRINGS CHAMPIONS AND LEGENDS TOGETHER

This afternoon once again saw the largest press conference of its kind as over thirty 2016 FIM World Champions and seven FIM Legends from Enduro, Track Racing, Trial, Motocross, Cross-Country Rallies and Circuit Racing gathered inside the Sheraton Grand Hotel Esplanade, Berlin for this now annual and unique occasion. The assembled group of elite and great two wheel heroes and heroines were each introduced to the audience before being posed a relevant question by the two hosts –  Lisa Leyland and Gavin Emmett. After having answered further questions from the floor the FIM World Champions and FIM Legends then rose to their feet for the all-important family picture. 

THE FIM GALA IS ALMOST GO

Last night saw the initial ‘practice session’ take place for this evening’s FIM Gala Ceremony inside the Tempodrom that is situated in the southern district of the historic city of Berlin. The technical run through allowed British hosts Matthew Roberts, Lisa Leyland and Gavin Emmett to finalise their scripts and to acquaint themselves with the surroundings of this impressive venue.

 

With the fine adjustments having now been made, the cast will conduct a final rehearsal this morning to ensure that everything will be perfect for tonight’s performance when the stars of the show – The FIM World Champions and FIM Legends – step out on stage to collect their respective awards.

REA ARRIVES IN BERLIN

2016 FIM Superbike World Champion Jonathan Rea is the latest FIM World Champion to arrive in Berlin ready for tomorrow’s seventh FIM Gala Ceremony. Rea is a returning FIM World Champion having successfully defended his maiden title that he sealed in 2015. Rea who has been testing in Jerez, Spain earlier this week, the scene of last year’s FIM Gala, arrived in Berlin earlier this afternoon.

Rea will be joined by more than thirty other FIM World Champions and seven FIM Legends both at tomorrow afternoon’s unique press conference and then at tomorrow evening’s FIM Gala Ceremony at the Tempodrom on the outskirts of city of Berlin.

BRITAIN’S BEST ARRIVE IN BERLIN

The seventh edition of the FIM Gala Ceremony this coming Sunday – 27 November in Berlin, Germany will be hosted by three familiar faces with Matthew Roberts, Gavin Emmett and Lisa Leyland having again been entrusted to front this highly prestigious occasion. 

The well recognised threesome remain amongst the leading presenters in motorcycle racing. Better known for their work on the small screen inside the MotoGP paddock Matthew Roberts and Gavin Emmett will be joined by Lisa Leyland who herself has become the visage and voice of MXGP over more recent seasons.

Having now arrived in Berlin the British trio are now working on adding the final touches to their script ahead of Sunday’s FIM Gala Ceremony rehearsal. 

You can watch Matt, Gavin and Lisa on stage with all the 2016 FIM World Champions and FIM Legends at this year’s FIM Gala Ceremony here at www.fim-gala.com 22.00hrs (local time) this Sunday evening.

A management team fully committed to the FIM Ride Green philosophy

Organising a large event such as the FIM General Assembly and the Annual Gala ceremony is not an easy task. It has a big impact over a short period and requires considerable resources (water, energy, transport, food, paper etc.). The FIM management team has considered this impact and is committed to organising the event so as to reduce as much as possible the negative environmental footprint produced while taking into account the impact on society and the economy.

THE VENUES
The Sheraton Hotel in Berlin has a clear policy of sustainability. It complies with local and international environmental regulations and focuses on aspects such as reducing the carbon footprint, reducing power consumption, a sustainable supply chain, waste separation, preference for local suppliers.

http://www.sheratonberlinesplanade.com/en/global-citizenship

The Tempodrom Berlin, where all the champions and personalities will meet for the Gala Ceremony this year, is a venue that focuses on climate protection and children’s welfare.

http://www.tempodrom.de/engagement.html

FOOD AND BEVERAGES
Most of the food and beverages have been chosen with local suppliers and local menus both for the FIM meetings and for the GALA dinner. Water and other drinks will be served in glass bottles, avoiding the use of plastic.

WASTE MANAGEMENT
The venues chosen have separation and recycling policies according to local regulations.

TRANSPORTATION AND OFFSET, HELPING COMMUNITIES
The FIM aims to use the most sustainable transport solutions and in this case we are organising collective transportation for the shuttles to and from the airports. The Hotels proposed are within walking distance from the venues.

However, we understand that a totally carbon free event is not possible. The FIM will therefore offset the environmental impact of its General Assembly and Gala Ceremony by supporting the following projects:

Project Mirador Honduras (Gold Standard certified) is a project that, with the construction of efficient cooking stoves in Honduras, offsets 38K TCO2E every year and has reduced the demand for firewood by 50%.

Kariba Project (Verified carbon standard and CCB Standards) is a Forest management project in Zimbabwe aimed and providing sustainable livelihood opportunities for poor communities. By offsetting the emissions generated by our annual activity we will help with health care centres, reforestation, and conservation of the natural habitat amongst others.

SOURCING LOCALLY
We want to encourage local prosperity and for that reason, under our sustainability policy, we prefer to source locally: technical companies, catering, shuttles and hostess agency, TV production, etc.

PAPERLESS POLICY
From the badges to the SMS campaign for reducing printing and paper consumption, we are working to reduce the amount of documents printed!

Berlin welcomes FIM Gala

The historic and famous city of Berlin, Germany that will play host to the seventh edition of the FIM Gala Ceremony this Sunday has already welcomed the initial guests and staff as the pre-activities got underway yesterday with the Board of Directors Meeting opening the schedule. 

The Sheraton Hotel, which will host the press conference on Sunday afternoon when the many 2016 FIM World Champions and FIM Legends will be gathered together for the first time, today is also hosting the Commissions Directors Meeting, FIM Europe Meeting and Secretaries General Meeting. 

The next twenty-four hours will see the champions, legends and other guests begin to arrive ready for Sunday night’s main event that will again be compered by the British trio of Matthew Roberts, Gavin Emmett, and Lisa Leyland.