Andorra hosts first ever FIM Awards

The annual season closing prize giving ceremony welcomed a new era as the first edition of the new FIM Awards was realised in the stunning ballroom of the Andorra Park Hotel in Andorra la Vella. Almost five hundred guests including 35 of the 2017 FIM World Champions gathered for a very special evening that was hosted by British broadcaster Gavin Emmett.

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 Mr Vito Ippolito, FIM President and the 2017 FIM World Champions

Mr Vito Ippolito, FIM President and the 2017 FIM World Champions

Gavin Emmett was joined on stage by a number of high profile celebrities from the mountainous principality and others as he wove a tale of recognition and reward for the many champions and award winners that was interspersed with some more light hearted and humorous moments. These included an impromptu guitar solo by 2017 FIM AMA Supercross World Champion Ryan Dungey.

Following a new format the Next Generation category got proceedings underway proper after President of the FIM, Mr Vito Ippolito had officially opened the ceremony. Thirteen-year-old Eddie Wade who won the FIM 85cc Junior Motocross World Championship perfectly defined this catergory. In the aptly named Lumps, Bumps and Jumps category it was Andorra resident Toni Bou who was the stand out recipient as he collected an FIM X-Trial World Championship medal for an eleventh consecutive time.

The Long Haul category was all about endurance and saw Chile’s Pablo Quintanilla pick up the FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Champion for a second year in a row. Russia was well represented in the Ice to Asphalt category with Dmitry Koltakov being declared the 2017 FIM Ice Speedway Gladiators World Champion. The Stepping Stones category included those champions who have made important strides in their sporting success, and this was illustrated by Josep Garcia who received his medal for becoming 2017 FIM Enduro2 World Champion. 

Finally it was the Elite category, which brought the highly applauded ceremony to a close. The female side of the sport featured strongly in this category with 2017 FIM Women’s TrialGP World Champion Emma Bristow and 2017 FIM Women’s Motocross World Champion, Kiara Fontanesi picking up their medals together with 2017 FIM MXGP Motocross World Champion, Antonio Cairoli, 2017 FIM Speedway Grand Prix World Champion, Jason Doyle, 2017 FIM Superbike World Champion, Jonathan Rea and 2017 FIM MotoGP World Champion, Marc Marquez.

Alongside the champions, other successes were also recognised during the ceremony. Marc Marquez was very happy to present this Environment Award to the German Motorcycling Club, The MSC Grevenbroich. Whilst the FIM Road Safety Award went to The Norwegian Motorcycle Union for its ‘Full Kontroll’ initiative leaving The Motoclub do Porto to rightly pick up the FIM Fair Play Award for its kind actions. Finally the 2017 FIM Women in Motorcycling Award went to Motorcycling Western Australia’s Women’s Committee.

President of the FIM, Mr Vito Ippolito closed by saying. “I want to say thank you to everybody who is here tonight, to all our great FIM World Champions, our other award winners and to Andorra for hosting this beautiful ceremony that has marked the first edition of the FIM Awards. We are very proud and we would like to invite you to come back here with us next year.”

 Mr Ryan Dungey & Mrs Lindsay Dungey - 2017 AMA Supercross FIM World Champion

Mr Ryan Dungey & Mrs Lindsay Dungey - 2017 AMA Supercross FIM World Champion

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.

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.

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.