Andorra la Vella

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."

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.

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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

2017 FIM Awards Ceremony in pictures

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2017 winners of all the FIM Championship have been duly celebrated on Sunday night in a memorable ceremony held at Andorra Park Hotel, in the Pyrenean Principality.

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