FIM Awards ceremony caps historic weekend in Andorra

The stunning annual FIM Awards ceremony tonight brought the curtain down on a spectacular weekend in Andorra, where more than 100 national motorcycling federations have been gathered all weekend to celebrate their communal values of courage, excellence and commitment.

At tonight’s glamorous crowning ceremony were some of the biggest names in two-wheeled sport, from record-breaking five-time FIM MotoGP World Champion Marc Marquéz to 14-year-old FIM 85cc Junior Motocross World Champion Caden Braswell – the youngest gold medal recipient of 2018 - and, of course, the history-making Ana Carrasco, the first ever female to secure a solo FIM Circuit Racing world title.

Streamed live on www.fim-awards.com and with attendance from special guests and international media representatives, this truly global event engaged the large community of motorcycling fans worldwide, who relayed their experience on social platforms using the #FIMAwards hashtag.

As well as officially crowning over fifty FIM World Champions from the 2018 motorcycling season, five equally important FIM Awards were also bestowed on individuals and organisations for their contributions to motorcycling ‘Beyond Sport’.

The FIM Women in Motorcycling Award was collected by Macrocampus, an event organised by the RFME Women's Commission of Motorcycling at the famous MotorLand Circuit in Aragón. The winner of the FIM Fair Play Trophy was Sebastien VanBaelen, a Belgian Enduro rider who came to the aid of a stricken competitor in l’Enduropale du Touquet, in France, whilst the FIM Environment Award went to Sky Ocean Rescue in Italy.

 Meanwhile, Michael Woodford MBE picked up the FIM Road Safety and Public Policy Award for his road safety campaigning and important work regarding ‘Automatic Headlight On’ technology, whilst the first ever winners of the FIM Award for the Future were Dorna Sports for their investment in and commitment to various rookies’ series, in collaboration with the FIM National Federations and Continental Unions.

 The stellar list of names treading the red carpet included a prestigious line-up of prizegivers, who handed over the honours to the World Champions and award recipients. FIM Legend and fifteen-time FIM Circuit Racing World Champion Giacomo Agostini (Italy) was joined by FIM legend and former Grand Prix motorcycle road racer, Pentti Korhonen (Finland) and legendary former alpine skier turned racing driver and keen motorcyclist Luc Alphand (France).

 

 

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The global superstars and unsung heroes of motorcycling will be brought together on Sunday evening for a night of celebration and reflection, as the stunning mountain scenery of Andorra la Vella provides the backdrop to the spectacular 2018 FIM Awards.

Some 54 FIM World Champions from six disciplines will be officially honoured for their title-winning achievements in 2018, standing shoulder-to-shoulder on stage with the individuals and organisations that protect and promote motorcycling activity around the world, and nurture the sporting heroes of the future.

 

International icons

Marc Marquéz will no doubt be one of the most sought-after signatures by fans at the pre-event autograph session in Andorra. Spain’s record-breaking five-time FIM MotoGP World Champion will be joined on Sunday evening by some of the iconic names of international motorcycle competition, including AMA Supercross superstar Jason Anderson, British Speedway sensation Tai Woffinden and the Netherlands’ young MXGP phenomenon Jeffrey Herlings.

 

Carrasco: making history

It also promises to be an historic night for women in motorcycling, as the spotlight is again thrown on the ground-breaking achievements of Ana Carrasco, the first ever female to collect a gold medal as an FIM Circuit Racing solo World Champion. Meanwhile, Kiara Fontanesi and Emma Bristow further cement their legacies as they celebrate their sixth and fifth titles in Women’s Motocross and Trial respectively.

 

National pride

Alongside Woffinden, Bristow is one of eight World Champions hailing from Great Britain - the best represented nation at the 2018 FIM Awards. Ben and Tom Birchall (Sidecars), Steve Holcombe and Brad Freeman (Enduro), Jonathan Rea (World Superbikes) and Billy Green (Trial) will ensure that there will be a distinctly British accent to the proceedings in Andorra, despite the deceptive Aussie twang of Woffinden. Spain are also well represented with seven World Champions, whilst Italy boast four.

 

Youngsters’ fast-track to the future

At just sixteen years of age, Great Britain’s Billy Green is one of a bunch of new FIM World Champions leading the teenage rampage into Andorra, along with the likes of young Motocross stars Bailey Malkiewicz (17) and Caden Braswell (14), as well as Circuit Racing’s Raúl Fernández (18), Speedway sensation Ben Ernst (15) and Enduro protégé Ruy Barbosa (19), who all won titles in their respective Junior categories. Jorge Prado (17), meanwhile, established himself very much as a star of the present and the future, claiming the open-age title in the highly-competitive MX2 category.

 

FIM: Protecting the present and future of motorcycling

The future of motorcycling will not just be represented by the next generation of FIM World Champions in Andorra, but by the various individuals and organisations that are safeguarding two-wheeled activities on our circuits, green lanes and roads around the world. Five equally important FIM Awards will be bestowed for contributions ‘Beyond Sport’ - including the all-new ‘FIM Award for the Future’, aimed at rewarding those who work to improve and develop the presence of youngsters in all motorcycling related activities.

“The FIM are protecting the present and future of motorcycling by recognising and rewarding the efforts of those who nurture the sporting and holistic impact of sustainable two-wheeled activities all over the planet,” says outgoing FIM President Vito Ippolito. “For this reason, alongside established awards recognising initiatives in road safety, fair play, the environment and women in motorcycling, this year the FIM is launching the ‘FIM Award for the Future’.”

 

Prestigious prizegivers

The stellar list of names set to tread the red carpet at the FIM Awards in Andorra on Sunday night will also feature a prestigious line-up of prizegivers, who will hand over the honours to the World Champions and award recipients. FIM Legend and fifteen-time FIM Circuit Racing World Champion Giacomo Agostini (Italy) will be joined by legendary former alpine skier turned racing driver and keen motorcyclist Luc Alphand (France).

 

Share in the experience

As well as the representatives from over 100 national motorcycling federations, who have been gathered all weekend in Andorra to celebrate their communal values of courage, excellence and commitment, the many thousands of motorcycling fans worldwide are invited to immerse themselves in the experience of the FIM Awards. They can do so by joining the live video stream on the official website of the event www.fim-awards.com, and engaging with each other and with the riders on social platforms using the #FIMAwards hashtag.

Andorra ready for Golden Night at 2018 FIM Awards

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The global superstars and unsung heroes of motorcycling will be brought together on Sunday evening for a night of celebration and reflection, as the stunning mountain scenery of Andorra la Vella provides the backdrop to the spectacular 2018 FIM Awards.

Some 54 FIM World Champions from six disciplines will be officially honoured for their title-winning achievements in 2018, standing shoulder-to-shoulder on stage with the individuals and organisations that protect and promote motorcycling activity around the world, and nurture the sporting heroes of the future.

 

International icons

Marc Marquéz will no doubt be one of the most sought-after signatures by fans at the pre-event autograph session in Andorra. Spain’s record-breaking five-time FIM MotoGP World Champion will be joined on Sunday evening by some of the iconic names of international motorcycle competition, including AMA Supercross superstar Jason Anderson, British Speedway sensation Tai Woffinden and the Netherlands’ young MXGP phenomenon Jeffrey Herlings.

 

Carrasco: making history

It also promises to be an historic night for women in motorcycling, as the spotlight is again thrown on the ground-breaking achievements of Ana Carrasco, the first ever female to collect a gold medal as an FIM Circuit Racing solo World Champion. Meanwhile, Kiara Fontanesi and Emma Bristow further cement their legacies as they celebrate their sixth and fifth titles in Women’s Motocross and Trial respectively.

 

National pride

Alongside Woffinden, Bristow is one of eight World Champions hailing from Great Britain - the best represented nation at the 2018 FIM Awards. Ben and Tom Birchall (Sidecars), Steve Holcombe and Brad Freeman (Enduro), Jonathan Rea (World Superbikes) and Billy Green (Trial) will ensure that there will be a distinctly British accent to the proceedings in Andorra, despite the deceptive Aussie twang of Woffinden. Spain are also well represented with seven World Champions, whilst Italy boast four.

 

Youngsters’ fast-track to the future

At just sixteen years of age, Great Britain’s Billy Green is one of a bunch of new FIM World Champions leading the teenage rampage into Andorra, along with the likes of young Motocross stars Bailey Malkiewicz (17) and Caden Braswell (14), as well as Circuit Racing’s Raúl Fernández (18), Speedway sensation Ben Ernst (15) and Enduro protégé Ruy Barbosa (19), who all won titles in their respective Junior categories. Jorge Prado (17), meanwhile, established himself very much as a star of the present and the future, claiming the open-age title in the highly-competitive MX2 category.

 

FIM: Protecting the present and future of motorcycling

The future of motorcycling will not just be represented by the next generation of FIM World Champions in Andorra, but by the various individuals and organisations that are safeguarding two-wheeled activities on our circuits, green lanes and roads around the world. Five equally important FIM Awards will be bestowed for contributions ‘Beyond Sport’ - including the all-new ‘FIM Award for the Future’, aimed at rewarding those who work to improve and develop the presence of youngsters in all motorcycling related activities.

“The FIM are protecting the present and future of motorcycling by recognising and rewarding the efforts of those who nurture the sporting and holistic impact of sustainable two-wheeled activities all over the planet,” says outgoing FIM President Vito Ippolito. “For this reason, alongside established awards recognising initiatives in road safety, fair play, the environment and women in motorcycling, this year the FIM is launching the ‘FIM Award for the Future’.”

 

Prestigious prizegivers

The stellar list of names set to tread the red carpet at the FIM Awards in Andorra on Sunday night will also feature a prestigious line-up of prizegivers, who will hand over the honours to the World Champions and award recipients. FIM Legend and fifteen-time FIM Circuit Racing World Champion Giacomo Agostini (Italy) will be joined by legendary former alpine skier turned racing driver and keen motorcyclist Luc Alphand (France).

 

Share in the experience

As well as the representatives from over 100 national motorcycling federations, who have been gathered all weekend in Andorra to celebrate their communal values of courage, excellence and commitment, the many thousands of motorcycling fans worldwide are invited to immerse themselves in the experience of the FIM Awards. They can do so by joining the live video stream on the official website of the event www.fim-awards.com, and engaging with each other and with the riders on social platforms using the #FIMAwards hashtag.

2018 FIM Awards Prize Givers

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Agostini, Korhonen and Alphand make up prestigious prize givers list.

 The stellar list of star names set to tread the red carpet at the FIM Awards in Andorra on Sunday night will feature a prestigious line-up of prizegivers, who will hand over the honours to the World Champions and award recipients.

 FIM Legend and fifteen-time FIM Circuit Racing World Champion Giacomo Agostini (Italy) will be joined by Nita Korhonen (Finland), Director of the FIM Women in Motorcycling Commission, and legendary former alpine skier turned racing driver and keen motorcyclist Luc Alphand (France).

 Watch the 2018 FIM Awards ceremony LIVE from Andorra on the official website of the event www.fim-awards.com.

 

See you 1 & 2 December in Andorra la Vella!

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."

Beyond sport, for motorcycling

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The 2017 FIM Awards crowned 35 World Champions in Andorra-la-Vella on 26 November. Our prestigious celebration of the sporting season was also the perfect stage on which to present the Fair Play Trophy and reward our Awardees in the FIM’s “Beyond Sport” categories: Women in Motorcycling, Road Safety and the Environment.  We hope that these FIM Award winners will inspire future candidates and raise awareness of the FIM’s commitment to these important fields of endeavour.

Fair Play Trophy – Moto Clube do Porto (POR)

Sport is not just about winning – it is also about sportsmanship, respect, fairness and sharing. These values also extend to the FIM’s other key areas of interest, including Tourism. 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. This year’s Awardee has shown an outstanding sense of Fair Play by helping others in a distressing situation. Their acts of kindness to fellow-motorcyclists in distress are a clear demonstration of the values of sportsmanship.

Women in Motorcycling – Women’s Committee - Western Australia (AUS)

Increasing and promoting the presence of women in motorcycling is an important part of the FIM's vision. 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. The Women’s Committee – Motorcycling Western Australia (MWA) was established in 2014 with the objective of promoting and building women’s/girls’ participation in motorcycle sport in Western Australia, as riders, volunteers, coaches and officials, advocating on behalf of women/girls with promoters/clubs/state for opportunity and recognition, and building social capital and support networks amongst participants to encourage longevity in the sport. The MWA has successfully worked to help women be increasingly valued and included in the motorcycling world, thereby improving women’s experience of motorcycling.

Road Safety Award – Norsk Motorcykkel Union (NMCU) “Full Kontroll

Every year, millions of riders roam the roads worldwide. 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. Full Kontroll is a motorcycling rider training manual originally written for use in Norway. Subsequently the NMCU decided to produce an English edition and share it freely with the whole motorcycling world. Over the years it has been further developed and today is distributed as an e-book rather than in the original hard copy form. The project is developing further with a new series of videos. FIM experts consider this book to be one of the best training manuals ever written. It covers more than just machine control skills; the psychology of riding and driving is examined in detail so that riders can learn to be good partners in traffic with other road users. Motorcycling safety is one of the FIM’s strategic priorities, and 2017 Awardee NMCU’s Full Kontroll manual is a brilliant solution aimed at making the roads a little safer for motorcyclists.

Environmental Award – MSC Grevenbroich

Environmental impact is one of the major issues we face when it comes to organising motorcycling events. Negative impact on the natural environment must be minimised whilst positive impact must be enhanced, making motorcycling an even more sustainable and green community. The FIM is committed to raising awareness and promoting green solutions throughout the entire motorcycling world. The German Motocross club MSC Grevenbroich has launched a vast awareness programme as well as working to protect biodiversity, especially certain endangered amphibian species on their site. Through educational measures and day-to-day action in the field, MSC Grevenbroich’s volunteers have managed to secure the population of amphibians as well as reinforcing the message that motorsport and the environment are not polar opposites. Their actions clearly reflect the FIM’s concern for protection and preservation of the environment, encouraging environmental management systems and “green” programmes.

FIM Awards Pre-Event: Sharing the Passion

As the Sunday afternoon sun was going down over Andorra-la-Vella, the FIM Awards were only hours away. But the Champions were nowhere to be seen in their hotel; instead, all 35 FIM World Champions were meeting up with their fans at the Congress Centre next to the Christmas market for an all-time first Autograph Session that was open to the public.

This year the FIM took on the challenge of giving the local people the unique opportunity of having an official programme signed by all the featured Champions at the Pre-Event. Over 1000 visitors, young and long-time fans, stood in line to receive an early Christmas gift, autographs and selfies that will be treasured souvenirs of the time they met all those special sportsmen and –women they had been cheering for all season. The Champions greeted their fans and were met with cries of joy, happy faces and even hugs that were later shared on social media by the delighted fans of motorcycling and its extraordinary sporting elite.

The Champions all enjoyed the moment, sharing the passion with their fans. Whilst some were more used to signing autographs, others – especially in the youth and junior categories – discovered the precious moment of meeting people who could only dream of how it felt to race against other top-ranked riders in a thrilling world class motorcycling Championship.

For two whole hours programmes, hats, photos and other personal items were handed out, receiving the long-awaited autograph, a lasting memory of a face-to-face encounter with the heroes and heroines of the motorcycling world.

Check out the pictures!

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Andorra welcomes the 2017 FIM World Champions

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Over the past few days the town of Andorra-la-Vella has welcomed the influx of the 2017 FIM World Champions ready for today’s programme of events. The 35 champions and their chosen guests have arrived at the 5* Andorra Park Hotel - the venue that will host this evenings FIM Awards Ceremony.

Ahead of the ceremony itself, the 2017 FIM World Champions will delight many fans with a very special autograph session in the Congress Centre at 15.00hrs(CET), before returning to the hotel to prepare for the black-tie event which will be streamed live on www.fim-awards.com at 22.00hrs(CET).

A few of the two-wheel stars who have descended upon the town, already high in Christmas spirit, were happy to share what being here at the FIM Awards means to them.

Speaking with AMA Supercross FIM World Champion Ryan Dungey who had just endured a long journey from Minnesota to Amsterdam then onwards to Barcelona before a road trip up to Andorra-La-Vella. “It’s a real honour to be here and if you are here you are obviously doing something right. It’s my third year in a row to be invited. It’s great to come to Europe and celebrate the awards of all disciplines and get to experience a new country, Andorra is a very special place.”

Dennis Foggia, FIM Moto3 Junior World Champion is here in Andorra to celebrate his first World title. Foggia had a positive tale to tell upon his arrival, “I am extremely happy with my results this year especially because it is my first World title. I would like to thank all my team and the next year, I will move up to a new class which I am very excited about.”

Catching up with the four times FIM Women Trial World champion, Emma Bristow, who will always have a special place in her heart for Andorra as it is where she obtained her first FIM World title back here in 2014. “It is great to be back here, and for a fourth time at the awards. It is a good opportunity to reflect on a great year after a lot of hard work, with all the effort from the team being much appreciated. I am looking forward to dressing up in my dress as it makes a change from my Trial suit!”

 

 

 

 

 

FIM Award’s Master of Ceremonies arrives in Andorra

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A well-known face within the two-wheel community, Gavin Emmett, our now regular master of ceremonies, has arrived in Andorra-La-Vella ready for the new-style FIM Awards that will which takes place this coming Sunday – 26 November.

Currently a linchpin of both the presentation and commentary team for BT Sport’s live coverage of the MotoGP, having cut his teeth on other key roles within various global television broadcast outlets such as the BBC and Speed TV, Emmett can only be described as a true specialist within the industry.

Emmett will being using the next 48 hours to finalise his script ahead of the grand reveal of the all new sparkling annual event.

You can watch Gavin live on stage with all the 2017 FIM World Champions at this year’s FIM Awards Ceremony here at www.fim-awards.com 22.00hrs (CET) this Sunday evening.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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!

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…