Sixth FIM Gala Ceremony is a success

Tonight saw the sixth and perhaps most successful edition of the FIM Gala Ceremony yet when for the second year running hundreds of invited guests packed into the historic Teatro Villamartato in the Spanish city of Jerez to enjoy a very special evening that rewarded the exploits of the World's best motorcycle riders.

Streamed live on the FIM Gala app for the first time ever a host of motorcycling legends were on hand to present the 2015 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.

Press Conference done

This afternoon once again saw the largest press conference of its kind as over thirty 2015 FIM World Champions and seven FIM Legends from Enduro, Track Racing, Trial, Motocross, Cross-Country Rallies and Road Racing gathered inside the Museos de la Atalaya, Jerez for this now annual and unique occasion. The assembled group of elite and great two wheel heroes and heroines each were introduced to the audience before being posed a relevant question by the three hosts – Matthew Roberts, 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.

On 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 Teatro Villamarta ready to take their place inside the theatre for the sixth edition of the FIM Gala Ceremony. Click on the + link above to view more pictures.

Dungey drops in

AMA Supercross World Champion Ryan Dungey has made the long trip over from the USA to take his place at this evening’s FIM Gala Ceremony. Thankfully Dungey’s route to Europe yesterday was a little easier than his journey to the title earlier this year was, as you can read below…

Ryan had to wait until round five and Anaheim II before he could take a first win in the 2015 AMA Supercross Championship but by that time he was already in the commander’s seat. With eight event victories added to his account this season, Dungey is now back where he was in 2010, in the “number one” spot in Supercross. He also gave KTM their first ever AMA Supercross Championship.

Late night rehearsal

Last night saw the first rehearsal take place for this evening’s FIM Gala Ceremony inside the Teatro Villamarta that sits in the centre of the Spanish city of Jerez. The full technical run through allowed British hosts Matthew Roberts, Lisa Leyland and Gavin Emmett to perfect their scripts and reacquaint themselves with the surroundings as the various engineers on hand tweaked the lights, smoke and sound in the theatre.


With these various adjustments having now been made, the cast will complete their final dress 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.

The champions are in town

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Today has seen the steady arrival of the 2015 FIM World Champions to the Spanish city of Jerez ready for tomorrow’s FIM Gala Ceremony – 20.30hrs (local time). More than thirty champions will finally descend on the World Capital of Motorcycling for tomorrow evening’s main event in the beautiful Teatro Villamarta.

Ahead of the ceremony itself the 2015 FIM World Champions will team up with this year’s seven FIM Legends, who have also started to roll into town today, for the largest press conference of its kind in the fitting setting of the Museos de la Atalaya at 15.00hrs (local time).

The 2015 FIM World Champions who have already checked in to Jerez – include Jonathan Rea – FIM Superbike World Champion, Ryan Dungey – AMA Supercross World Champion, Antoine Meo - FIM E1 Enduro World Champion, and Marcus Ogemar-Hellgren – FIM Snowcross World Champion.

Those who also showed up this afternoon and were all happy to pose for the camera whilst the sun shone brightly overhead included Tai Woffinden – FIM Speedway Grand Prix World Champion, Emma Bristow – FIM Women’s Trial World Champion, Eero Remes – FIM E1 Enduro World Champion and Anthony Delhalle – FIM Endurance World Champion.

The majority of the remaining two-wheel heroes are due in town before the close of play today.

Legends begin to gather

With now just one day to go before the sixth edition of the FIM Gala Ceremony, the Spanish city of Jerez this morning is beginning to welcome the FIM Legends who will join the current FIM World Champions on stage tomorrow evening at the Teatro Villamarta.

Women’s FIM Legend Martine de Cortanze was already in town having played her part in the FIM Women + Sustainability Conference over the last couple of days and was happy to explain how it feels to be here in Jerez. “Women in motorcycling is a big story at the moment, I am kind of in the middle ages when it comes to female racers as when I started back in the seventies I was alone amongst the boys. It was good to share my experiences, especially with the new generation of girls, it was both interesting and very nice. The invitation from the FIM came out of the blue, but it is a great honour and I am looking forward to tomorrow evening.”

Finland’s FIM Motocross Legend Heikki Mikkola shared his thoughts about being here ready for the FIM Gala Ceremony. “It’s good to be here to see the new motocross champions and also the champions from the other disciplines. Also I hear that Roger DeCoster will be here too, so it will be nice to meet again my old rival after at least ten years. I missed last year’s ceremony because I was ill, so it was nice to be invited back again.”

Having flown in from the UK late last night Trial Legend Mick Andrews was pleased to wake up to warmer weather and is delighted at the prospect of meeting the other FIM Legends and FIM World Champions over the next two days.

Commenting Andrews said. “It seems like a long, long time since I was at the top of my career, although I am still riding now at the age of seventy one. I am proud to be here in Jerez and to have been asked to by the FIM to be part of what I am sure will be a wonderful occasion. It is a real dream come true to have the chance to meet the new FIM World Champions, as I still follow all the motorcycle sports with great interest.”

“I am really looking forward to meeting Toni Bou, as what he can do on a Trial bike is simply incredible and is not something that I ever thought would be possible. So it will be good to be able to shake his hand and congratulate him in person.”

Trial Legend Mick Andrews

With now just one day to go before the sixth edition of the FIM Gala Ceremony, the Spanish city of Jerez this morning is beginning to welcome the FIM Legends who will join the current FIM World Champions on stage tomorrow evening at the Teatro Villamarta. Having flown in from the UK late last night Trial Legend Mick Andrews was pleased to wake up to warmer weather and is delighted at the prospect of meeting the other FIM Legends and FIM World Champions over the next two days.

Commenting Andrews said. “It seems like a long, long time since I was at the top of my career, although I am still riding now at the age of seventy one. I am proud to be here in Jerez and to have been asked to by the FIM to be part of what I am sure will be a wonderful occasion. It is a real dream come true to have the chance to meet the new FIM World Champions, as I still follow all the motorcycle sports with great interest.”

“I am really looking forward to meeting Toni Bou, as what he can do on a Trial bike is simply incredible and is not something that I ever thought would be possible. So it will be good to be able to shake his hand and congratulate him in person.”

First conference is a huge success

The first ever FIM Women + Sustainability Conference held over the last two days in Jerez, Spain ahead of the FIM Gala Ceremony has been declared a huge success with great attendances and feedback across all the various sessions that have been hosted in the historic surroundings of the Museos de la Atalaya.

Summing up Kattia Hernandez - FIM International Environment Commission Director stated. “It has been beyond our expectations, our panelists have been fantastic we have learnt so much from them and they have also inspired the audiences that in turn has created an incredible level of interaction from all the parties who have attended.”

“As we know that until now it has not been common practice to talk about these kind of subjects in the motorcycle community, but now this is a moment of change and is an important time in the history of the FIM as it is clear that we can use our sport to communicate these messages. Now our challenge is to continue to build on the foundations we have created here in Jerez and to look how we can improve them in the future, not just in terms of the conference, but our overall sustainability programme to ensure we can always leave a legacy through our work.”

Reinforcing these comments Nita Korhonen - FIM Women in Motorcycling Commission Director added. “I am really impressed by the feedback and the level of engagement, we always had a great vision about this conference, but now it has become reality over the last two days here in Jerez. The response to the sheer quality and level of our panelists has been really overwhelming. We already knew their CV’s, but to hear their stories of accomplishment first hand has educated us all. It is clear we have to do another conference in the future. We can adapt and learn from this first edition, and perhaps to be able to take it outside of Europe in the future would really help us extend and share our work on a truly global basis.”

BRITISH TRIO ARRIVE IN JEREZ

The sixth edition of the FIM Gala Ceremony this coming Sunday – 22 November in Jerez, Spain will hosted by a trio of British talent all of whom are currently 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 face of MXGP in more recent times.

Having now arrived in Jerez the Anglo threesome are now working on adding the final touches to their script ahead of tomorrow’s actual FIM Gala Ceremony rehearsal. Making the most of the late winter sun in the Southern Spanish city, which is in some contrast to the weather in their native UK at this time of year, Matthew, Gavin and Lisa congregated in the beautiful grounds of the Museos de la Atalaya this afternoon for their official photo shoot.

You can watch the three British presenters on stage with all the 2015 FIM World Champions and FIM Legends at this year’s FIM Gala Ceremony LIVE via the app at 20.30hrs (local time) this Sunday evening. 

DAY TWO OF THE CONFERENCE

This morning marks the second day of the groundbreaking FIM Women and Sustainability Conference in Jerez, Spain. Following last night’s official opening ceremony and initial session today will see a packed schedule of sessions covering a range of thought provoking topics that will include Greening our Events, Inspiring Volunteers in Motorcycling, Breaking down Barriers, Education as a Pillar of Sustainable Sport, Preserving the world for future generations, and Inspiring young people to make a difference.

Expert speakers from both the motorcycle community and from a diverse spectrum of other sports and backgrounds will debate the varied subject matter with each being given its own break-out session throughout the day before the FIM Chief Executive Officer - Ignacio Verneda will bring the event to a close later today.

During his opening speech the FIM CEO explained the importance of hosting the inaugural FIM Women and Sustainability Conference here in Jerez.

“Today we are meeting here in Jerez. It is a city internationally recognised for the great sporting activity on its circuit as well as for its horses, its bodegas, its wines and the industry that surrounds them, and for a host of other things besides. Allow me to share with you something that may seem trivial but that has a great importance for me in the context of the circumstances in which I am speaking to you.”

“Twelve months ago, many of us met up here in this same city for the FIM General Assembly and Gala. Many of our delegates and myself used a taxi from time to time. The taxi drivers always asked the same question: Are you here for the FIM? And as the conversation went on, they would say to you that it was very important for the city that we were here in the off-season to boost jobs and the local economy. The same reception was given to the delegates who went to the hairdressers and all those who went to restaurants and bought things in the shops. This is just a small reflection of our positive impact, of a positive impact that we are not always capable of evaluating, valuing and ‘selling’.”

EMMETT SET TO HOST NEW CONFERENCE

MotoGP broadcaster Gavin Emmett is a well-known face to race fans across the globe thanks to his long association with the premier two-wheel discipline and is a respected voice when it comes to all things motorcycling. Therefore the highly experienced on screen reporter was the perfect choice when it came to selecting someone to act as host at the first ever FIM Women + Sustainability Conference that will open in Jerez at 19.00hrs (local time) today.

Emmett will be joined by FIM Chief Executive Officer - Ignacio Verneda to officially open the conference tonight before he then takes up his main role as moderator for the first of two main sessions that will also be complimented by another four topic focused sessions over the two-day event that concludes tomorrow afternoon.

Speaking ahead of tonight’s opening ceremony Emmett said. “I was delighted to be asked to be part of the inaugural FIM Women + Sustainability Conference. In my normal line of work I am very much focused on what happens out on the track, so it is great to have the chance to showcase two topics that are becoming a more and more important part of motorcycling, but are often overlooked. It is going to be interesting to share the floor with the many experts we have lined up and to learn and share ideas about how we can create better awareness and actions around Women and Sustainability within motorcycling.”

JEREZ 2015 IS GO!

Today – Thursday 19 November – sees the start of four days of activity in the Spanish city of Jerez that will reach its final this Sunday evening – 22 November – when the FIM Gala Ceremony will take place for the second time in the historic theatre - Teatro Villamarta.

The packed programme has already began this morning with the Board of Directors Meeting being held at the Jerez & Spa Hotel, which continue late into the afternoon. After a short break the first ever FIM Women and Sustainability Conference will then get underway at 19.00hrs (local time) today in the fabulous setting of the Muesos de la Atalaya.

Throughout the beautiful city of Jerez that continues to celebrate is status of being The World Capital of Motorcycling – there are many opportunities to see that the FIM Gala Ceremony is again taking place in this area that has rich history of two-wheel racing.

Behind the scenes final preparations are being put in place for the thirty plus 2015 FIM World Champions and FIM Legends who will soon arrive in the city. So Jerez 2015 is go!

LORENZO HEADS A STAR-STUDDED CAST

Recently crowned FIM MotoGP World Champion Jorge Lorenzo will head up a star-studded cast of more than thirty 2015 FIM World Champions and FIM Legends from across the full spectrum of two-wheel racing. Lorenzo’s  attendance at this year’s FIM Gala Ceremony will mark the third time that the Spanish rider has won the blue ribbon class, and as such he is sure to receive a warm welcome as he returns to home soil after a hectic week of activities.

Ahead of arriving in Jerez, this week Lorenzo will have already attended EICMA – International motorcycle exhibition in Milan, Italy before then flying over to compete in the Race of Champions in London, Great Britain, all in advance of him finally taking his place at the head of the table at the sixth edition of the FIM Gala Ceremony. 
 
You can watch Jorge both at the pre-gala press conference 15.00hrs (local time) and at the actual FIM Gala Ceremony 20.30hrs (local time) Sunday 22 November itself via the LIVE section of this app. 

BULEGA BOOKS HIS SEAT AT THE GALA

With the concluding round of the FIM Junior Moto 3 World Championship having taken place last weekend, it was unclear which of the four potential winners would eventually secure their seat at this year’s FIM Gala Ceremony which will be hosted in Jerez, Spain this coming Sunday 21 November.

Bulega carried a thirteen point lead going into the final round in Valencia last Sunday and produced a solid and safe performance on the day to claim the last step on the podium and to take the title by a mere four points after an epic season long battle against his equally young counterparts.

Bulega will take his place alongside the other thirty plus 2015 FIM World Champions and FIM Legends who will gather for the pre-event press conference at 15.00hrs (local time) before the main FIM Gala Ceremony later the same day – 20.30hrs (local time) Sunday 21 November. You can watch both of these wonderful and unique occasions via the LIVE section of the FIM Gala app.

WATCH THE FIM GALA CEREMONY LIVE

For the first time viewers will be able to watch the FIM Gala Ceremony live from inside the FIM Gala app. Both the press conference which will include more than thirty current FIM World Champions plus various FIM Legends from across the range of disciplines and the main FIM Gala Ceremony will be streamed live to your chosen computer or other portable device. 

Both broadcasts will be hosted by the three main presenters - Lisa Leyland, Matthew Roberts and Gavin Emmett – Learn more about this talented trio by reading their respective bios in the PROGRAMME section. 

Make sure you are ready to watch these very special and unique occasions.

This service will be available via the LIVE section. 

Sunday 22 November

15.30hrs (Local time) – Press Conference

20.30hrs (Local time) – FIM Gala Ceremony

FLASH BACK – THE FIM GALA CEREMONY 2014

As final preparations are now taking place for the sixth edition of the FIM Gala Ceremony on Sunday 22 November what better way to get you in the mood for this incredible celebration of motorcycling and its associated FIM World Champions / FIM Legends than taking a look back at last’s year event which was also hosted in the Spanish city of Jerez.

To view a selection of pictures from the FIM Gala Ceremony 2014 touch the + symbol above or visit the GALLERY section.

Make sure you use the FIM Gala app for all the latest NEWS and IMAGES from this year’s FIM Gala Ceremony.

FIM GALA PRESENTERS - A TRIO OF TALENT

Sunday 22 November will see the strongest ever line up of presenters for this the sixth edition of the FIM Gala Ceremony, which will be hosted for a second time in the Spanish city of Jerez. Whilst the talented trio of Lisa Leyland, Matthew Roberts and Gavin Emmett, all of whom have a rich motorcycle pedigree, having previously graced the stage at the FIM Gala Ceremony never before have the three of them lined up together. 

From their short respective bios - that can be found in the PROGRAMME section - it is clear that this formidable British threesome will add an extra dimension to this already unique occasion when the great and good from two-wheel racing gather under one roof. 

A full list of 2016 FIM World Champions and FIM Legends can be found in the PROGRAMME section.

JEREZ – THE WORLD CAPITAL OF MOTORCYCLING

Over the last almost twelve months the Spanish city of Jerez de la Frontera has enjoyed the proud honour of being appointed by the FIM as the first ever World Capital of Motorcycling.

This appointment was a new initiative to help raise awareness of the range of FIM motorcycling activities and to promote the host region simultaneously, in doing so giving Worldwide visibility to both.

Already a popular and well established stop on the FIM MotoGP calendar, Jerez has also welcomed an extensive programme of events during 2015 which included rounds of the Superbike, Enduro, Supermoto, Freestyle MX and of course MotoGP championships.

In addition to a packed schedule of sporting activities the beautiful Spanish city of Jerez will also host the FIM Women and Sustainability Conference just prior to the second coming of the FIM Gala Ceremony which will take place on Sunday 22 November.