Be the next FIM Gala Host!

The Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme is officially launching its Invitation to Tender for the Hosting of the 2019 and 2020 FIM General Assemblies and Gala Ceremonies.

The FIM is the world governing body for motorcycle sport and the global advocate for Motorcycling.

The FIM Gala is the sporting season prize-giving ceremony. The most glamorous event of the motorcycling world is broadcast on TV and digital platforms. The FIM World Champions, Legends and Award Winners walk on stage to receive their medals in front of a prestigious gathering of FIM stakeholders; such as promoters, sponsors, influencers, associations; and international media.

The FIM Gala Ceremony is a unique opportunity for a city to host a star-studded event showcasing some 50 world champions and to associate itself with an exciting and high-profile sport.

The FIM General Assembly takes place one day before the FIM Gala Ceremony and brings together delegates representing more than a hundred National Federations on all continents around the world.

All the information on the FIM Gala and the bidding procedure can be found on

la Vella
will host the 2017
FIM GA & Gala Ceremony
on 25 - 26 November

A large number of the FIM’s 113 affiliated National Motorcycling Federations will attend the FIM General Assembly, and the 2017 FIM World Champions in all disciplines will receive their prizes at the FIM Gala Ceremony.

©  Tony Lara | From left to right: Mr Steve Aeschlimman - FIM CEO, Mr Josep Punti - President of the FMA, Mrs Conxita Marsol - Mayor of Anodrra la Vella, Mr Francesc Camp - Minister of Tourism and Commerce of Andorra and Mr Josep Maria Cabanes - Andbank Representative.

© Tony Lara | From left to right: Mr Steve Aeschlimman - FIM CEO, Mr Josep Punti - President of the FMA, Mrs Conxita Marsol - Mayor of Anodrra la Vella, Mr Francesc Camp - Minister of Tourism and Commerce of Andorra and Mr Josep Maria Cabanes - Andbank Representative.

The President of the Federació Motociclista d’Andorra (FMA), Mr Josep Punti, and the Chief Executive Officer of the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) Mr Steve Aeschlimann, held a press conference today in Andorra la Vella to announce officially the dates of the 2017 FIM General Assembly and Gala Ceremony in the company of the main sponsors of the Event: the Municipality of Andorra la Vella, the Government of Andorra and Andbank. The Mayor of Andorra la Vella, Mrs Conxita Marsol, announced that the capital of the Principality of Andorra is ready to become the "engine capital" and that “this event will bring the country international renown and help Andorra to become a household word all over the world.” The Minister of Tourism and Commerce of Andorra, Mr Francesc Camp, highlighted the “international media impact of the event and the importance of associating ‘brand Andorra’ with the world motorcycling elite for a two year period (2017 and 2018).”

Steve Aeschlimann explained that the FIM chose Andorra on account of its experience in organising international competitions, especially in Trial, and because of the FMA’s policy of organising environmentally friendly and sustainable events, which has earned it the FIM Environmental Award on two separate occasions. He also highlighted the country’s infrastructure and hotel capacity.

From left to right: Mr Steve Aeschlimman - FIM CEO, Mr Josep Maria Cabanes - Andbank Representative, Mrs Conxita Marsol - Mayor of Anodrra la Vella and Mr Francesc Camp - Minister of Tourism and Commerce of Andorra

From left to right: Mr Steve Aeschlimman - FIM CEO, Mr Josep Maria Cabanes - Andbank Representative, Mrs Conxita Marsol - Mayor of Anodrra la Vella and Mr Francesc Camp - Minister of Tourism and Commerce of Andorra

The FMA has organised, among other things, 20 Trial events at World level and two editions of the Trial des Nations (2008 and 2014), 3 World Supermoto events, 1 World Enduro event and 4 rounds of the CET Spanish Championship.

Mr Aeschlimann explained that the FIM General Assembly is the most important event in the FIM’s year, when the 113 affiliated National Motorcycling Federations take important decisions, for example to amend the FIM Statutes or the FIM Sporting Code. From 2010 onwards, the FIM General Assembly has been followed by the FIM Gala Ceremony at which the World Champions in all the FIM disciplines are called on stage to receive their medals. The most recent edition, in 2016, was held in the German capital, Berlin.

Tourism and Commerce Minister Mr Francesc Camp particularly emphasised the considerable media impact of the event, that can be quantified as 500 hours of television. The Mayor of Andorra la Vella, Mrs Conxita Marsol, pointed out that Andorra la Vella has splendid facilities for hosting major events and a high-quality hotel infrastructure ideal for hosting both the FIM General Assembly and the FIM Gala Ceremony.

© Comú d'Andorra la Vella / Tony Lara


Tonight saw the seventh edition of the FIM Gala Ceremony take place, this time inside the famous Tempodrom, Berlin. Almost six hundred invited guests packed into the iconic venue in the historic city to enjoy a very special evening that rewarded the exploits of the World's best motorcycle riders. 

Streamed live on the FIM Gala website, a host of motorcycling legends were on hand to present the 2016 FIM World Champions with their respective awards, whilst also being honoured themselves for their achievements within two-wheel sport.

FIM Gala Ceremony hosts Matthew Roberts, Lisa Leyland and Gavin Emmett shared their passion and knowledge of motorcycle racing as they steered the audience through an evening to be remembered.

Legends such as Per-Olof Serenius, Tomo Igata, Gilles Burgat, Heinz Kinigadner, Gualtiero Brissoni, Jacky Vimond and Luigi Taveri were joined on stage by the likes of Marc Marquez, Johann Zarco, Brad Binder, Ryan Dungey, Jonathan Rea, Matthew Phillips, Toni Bou, Tim Gajser, Greg Hancock, and many more talented riders. The Women’s side of the sport was once again strongly represented by Emma Bristow, Livia Lancelot and Kirsi Kainulainen.

In addition to the many FIM World Champions who stepped forward to receive their awards, the FIM also made four special presentations. These included the FIM Fair Play Trophy presented to Laia Sanz; the FIM Environmental Award, which was won by the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya; the FIM Road Safety Award that was handed over to the Federazione Motociclistica Italiana (FMI); and finally the winner of FIM Woman in Motorcycling Award was announced as AMA Get Women Riding Campaign – USA.  

Speaking after the close of the ceremony FIM President Vito Ippolito stated: “It was a great honour to host the seventh edition of the FIM Gala Ceremony in the wonderful city of Berlin, and for the first time in Germany. The Tempodrom was a wonderful place to celebrate all our 2016 FIM World Champions and to enjoy this special moment with so many people. I want to thank the riders, teams and the whole motorcycling family for being here tonight and for supporting this very important event when once again we have shown to the World the great-spirit that continues to exist within motorcycling.


Invited guests, FIM World Champions past and present, FIM Legends plus their respective partners and entourages have just made their way down the red carpet into the Tempodrom ready to take their places inside this impressive venue for the seventh edition of the FIM Gala Ceremony. 


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. 


Last night saw the initial ‘practice session’ take place for this evening’s FIM Gala Ceremony inside the Tempodrom that is situated in the southern district of the historic city of Berlin. The technical run through allowed British hosts Matthew Roberts, Lisa Leyland and Gavin Emmett to finalise their scripts and to acquaint themselves with the surroundings of this impressive venue.


With the fine adjustments having now been made, the cast will conduct a final rehearsal this morning to ensure that everything will be perfect for tonight’s performance when the stars of the show – The FIM World Champions and FIM Legends – step out on stage to collect their respective awards.


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.


The seventh edition of the FIM Gala Ceremony this coming Sunday – 27 November in Berlin, Germany will be hosted by three familiar faces with Matthew Roberts, Gavin Emmett and Lisa Leyland having again been entrusted to front this highly prestigious occasion. 

The well recognised threesome remain amongst the leading presenters in motorcycle racing. Better known for their work on the small screen inside the MotoGP paddock Matthew Roberts and Gavin Emmett will be joined by Lisa Leyland who herself has become the visage and voice of MXGP over more recent seasons.

Having now arrived in Berlin the British trio are now working on adding the final touches to their script ahead of Sunday’s FIM Gala Ceremony rehearsal. 

You can watch Matt, Gavin and Lisa on stage with all the 2016 FIM World Champions and FIM Legends at this year’s FIM Gala Ceremony here at 22.00hrs (local time) this Sunday evening.

A management team fully committed to the FIM Ride Green philosophy

Organising a large event such as the FIM General Assembly and the Annual Gala ceremony is not an easy task. It has a big impact over a short period and requires considerable resources (water, energy, transport, food, paper etc.). The FIM management team has considered this impact and is committed to organising the event so as to reduce as much as possible the negative environmental footprint produced while taking into account the impact on society and the economy.

The Sheraton Hotel in Berlin has a clear policy of sustainability. It complies with local and international environmental regulations and focuses on aspects such as reducing the carbon footprint, reducing power consumption, a sustainable supply chain, waste separation, preference for local suppliers.

The Tempodrom Berlin, where all the champions and personalities will meet for the Gala Ceremony this year, is a venue that focuses on climate protection and children’s welfare.

Most of the food and beverages have been chosen with local suppliers and local menus both for the FIM meetings and for the GALA dinner. Water and other drinks will be served in glass bottles, avoiding the use of plastic.

The venues chosen have separation and recycling policies according to local regulations.

The FIM aims to use the most sustainable transport solutions and in this case we are organising collective transportation for the shuttles to and from the airports. The Hotels proposed are within walking distance from the venues.

However, we understand that a totally carbon free event is not possible. The FIM will therefore offset the environmental impact of its General Assembly and Gala Ceremony by supporting the following projects:

Project Mirador Honduras (Gold Standard certified) is a project that, with the construction of efficient cooking stoves in Honduras, offsets 38K TCO2E every year and has reduced the demand for firewood by 50%.

Kariba Project (Verified carbon standard and CCB Standards) is a Forest management project in Zimbabwe aimed and providing sustainable livelihood opportunities for poor communities. By offsetting the emissions generated by our annual activity we will help with health care centres, reforestation, and conservation of the natural habitat amongst others.

We want to encourage local prosperity and for that reason, under our sustainability policy, we prefer to source locally: technical companies, catering, shuttles and hostess agency, TV production, etc.

From the badges to the SMS campaign for reducing printing and paper consumption, we are working to reduce the amount of documents printed!

Berlin welcomes FIM Gala

The historic and famous city of Berlin, Germany that will play host to the seventh edition of the FIM Gala Ceremony this Sunday has already welcomed the initial guests and staff as the pre-activities got underway yesterday with the Board of Directors Meeting opening the schedule. 

The Sheraton Hotel, which will host the press conference on Sunday afternoon when the many 2016 FIM World Champions and FIM Legends will be gathered together for the first time, today is also hosting the Commissions Directors Meeting, FIM Europe Meeting and Secretaries General Meeting. 

The next twenty-four hours will see the champions, legends and other guests begin to arrive ready for Sunday night’s main event that will again be compered by the British trio of Matthew Roberts, Gavin Emmett, and Lisa Leyland.