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.
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.
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