Andorra la Vella to host the FIM General Assembly and FIM Awards

 press conference organised by the Town Hall of Andorra la Vella at the Congress Centre

press conference organised by the Town Hall of Andorra la Vella at the Congress Centre

For the second consecutive year Andorra la Vella will host the FIM General Assembly and the FIM Awards, which will celebrate the 43 world champions of the 2018 season and will award five special prizes at the ceremony, which will take place at Poliesportiu d'Andorra on Sunday 2 December.

During the FIM General Assembly, to be held on Saturday 1 December at the Congress Centre and that will be attended by more than 300 delegates from 113 countries, will be the election to decide the successor of Vito Ippolito, the President of the FIM since 2006.

At the press conference organised by the Town Hall of Andorra la Vella at the Congress Centre recently, Mayor Conxita Marsol emphasised that it is a privilege for the capital of Andorra to again become the epicentre of the motorcycling world and to count again on the arrival of the world champions and the senior leaders of two-wheel sport.

The Minister of Tourism, Mr Francesc Camp confirmed the importance for the brand "Andorra" to be associated for the second year in a row with events of this magnitude and that generate media coverage at an international level.

For his part, Mr. Josep Maria Cabanes, representative of Andbank, one of the main sponsors, offered his thanks for being able to contribute again to this important event.

The President of the Motorcycling Federation of Andorra (FMA), Natàlia Gallego, explained that it is an honour for the FMA to host the FIM events from Thursday 29 November to Tuesday 4 December. She also said that in November the residents of Andorra will be informed of the activities that will be dedicated to them, especially the autograph signing session with the 43 world champions on Sunday afternoon.

President Vito Ippolito expressed his satisfaction to return to Andorra la Vella for the General Assembly and the 2018 FIM Awards, two of the most important events in the FIM annual calendar. He wished to highlight the organisational capacity of these major events already demonstrated by Andorra la Vella with the support of the FMA following the success of the previous edition last year.

See you 1 & 2 December in Andorra la Vella!

FIM General Assembly & FIM Awards Save the date, 1 & 2 December

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This year’s FIM Awards takes place on Sunday 2 December 2018 following the FIM General Assembly, featuring the FIM Presidential election, on Saturday 1 December 2018.

On behalf of the host National Federation, Natalia Gallego, FMA President, said: “It is a great pleasure for the Motorcyclist Federation of Andorra (FMA) and the city of Andorra la Vella to host for the second time the FIM Awards ceremony and all the events that take place around it. I really hope our little mountainous country will again charm all the FIM’s affiliated national motorcycling federations, the 2018 FIM World Champions and all the motorcycling sponsors, promoters and guests. I want to thank the FIM President and the FIM Management for the trust they have placed in us again.”

Vito Ippolito, FIM President, expressed his satisfaction that Andorra will again be hosting the FIM: "After the success of the FIM end-of-year meetings last year in Andorra, and especially the FIM Awards, I am delighted that we are returning to Andorra this year. Every year, the FIM Awards provide a great opportunity to take part in a celebration dedicated to all our World Champions. This year, we shall have almost all the National Federations present, but it will also be a chance for our stakeholders, sponsors, suppliers and people with links to the motorcycling world to share a thrilling weekend with us.”

“I would like to thank the Federation of Andorra and its President Natalia Gallego as well as the local authorities for extending such a warm welcome to us once again and for their enthusiasm for hosting this high-profile event."

Andorra to host FIM GA and Gala 2017-2018

The FIM Board of Directors has chosen to entrust the organisation of the FIM General Assembly and Gala to the Federació Motorcyclista d'Andorra (FMA) for two successive years.

Andorra is one of Europe’s smallest sovereign States and is bordered by France and Spain. The capital, Andorra la Vella, is the highest in Europe at 1 023 metres above sea level. It brings together a community with a lively and thriving cultural life, as reflected by theatrical performances and productions with great names from the world stage and a host of other prestigious events.

Affiliated to the FIM since 1987, the FMA has organised many rounds of the FIM Trial, SuperMoto and Enduro World Championships as well as the Trial des Nations. It is also a two-time winner of the FIM Environment Prize.

FIM CEO Ignacio Verneda welcomes this decision: “I am very happy to see the organisation of the FIM General Assembly and Gala entrusted to a very active federation such as the Federació Motociclista d'Andorra. It is great news for the FIM family and the motorcycling world. The FMA has some thirty years’ experience in organising sporting and cultural events at international level and is strongly committed to sustainable sport. Andorra offers us an exceptional natural setting and I am certain that these events will be a success!”

Josep Punti Tigel, President of the Federació Motociclista d'Andorra (FMA), also welcomes this announcement: “It is a great honour for my country and for me to be host to the FIM GA and Gala for the upcoming two years. Andorra is a small country situated in the Pyrenees, and tourism and business are our main sources of revenue. The organisation of international events on this scale is an ideal opportunity for us to help the largest possible number of people to discover our country. This project has come to fruition thanks to the economic support of the Municipal Council of Andorra la Vella, the Ministry of Tourism of the Government of Andorra (through Andorra Turisme) and the Crèdit Andorrà bank. We are looking forward to being your hosts next year!