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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

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!”

 

 

 

 

 

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 

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).

PRESS CONFERENCE BRINGS CHAMPIONS AND LEGENDS TOGETHER

This afternoon once again saw the largest press conference of its kind as over thirty 2016 FIM World Champions and seven FIM Legends from Enduro, Track Racing, Trial, Motocross, Cross-Country Rallies and Circuit Racing gathered inside the Sheraton Grand Hotel Esplanade, Berlin for this now annual and unique occasion. The assembled group of elite and great two wheel heroes and heroines were each introduced to the audience before being posed a relevant question by the two hosts –  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. 

REA ARRIVES IN BERLIN

2016 FIM Superbike World Champion Jonathan Rea is the latest FIM World Champion to arrive in Berlin ready for tomorrow’s seventh FIM Gala Ceremony. Rea is a returning FIM World Champion having successfully defended his maiden title that he sealed in 2015. Rea who has been testing in Jerez, Spain earlier this week, the scene of last year’s FIM Gala, arrived in Berlin earlier this afternoon.

Rea will be joined by more than thirty other FIM World Champions and seven FIM Legends both at tomorrow afternoon’s unique press conference and then at tomorrow evening’s FIM Gala Ceremony at the Tempodrom on the outskirts of city of Berlin.