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).
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.
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.
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’.”
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.