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Hamish MacDonald from Christchurch New Zealand has won the final round of the British ACU Enduro Sprint Championship by 0.03 second from 5 times World Champion Steve Holcomb. Didn't come easy for the Christchurch rider on his 450 Sherco, as also in the field were Joe Wooton, Alex Walton, Darryl Bolter, Jack, Paul & Harry Edmondson, all known "heavies" in this discipline of our sport.

      British E2 Class Winner                      Hamish has moved forward in big jumps in past 2 years

Despite missing the first 2 rounds of the Championship Hamish has also won the E2 Class of the British ACU Enduro Sprint Championship. Enduro 2 Class = (E2): 250+ cc 4 stroke up to 450cc 4 stroke

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Please find enclosed the Press Release / FIM Enduro World Championships & Enduro World Cup
2020 calendar, UPDATE 01 September

Due to ongoing health concerns and restrictions in Spain in light of the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, the FIM, the Promoter ABC Communication, the Spanish Motorcycling Federation and the local organiser regret to announce that the FIM Enduro World Championship event scheduled to take place on the 6/8 November in Lalin (Spain) has been cancelled.

Unfortunately, despite the best efforts of all parties involved it has not been possible to find a replacement event in Spain in 2020.

With the support of the Portuguese Motorcycling Federation and the local organiser a second event will be added in Marco de Canaveses on 6/8 November.

Revised Calendar:
DATE    PLACE    COUNTRY    FMNR    E    EJ    EY    EW    EO
18 – 20 September    Réquista    France    FFM    X    X    X        X
25 – 27 September    Spoleto    Italy    FMI    X    X    X        X
06 – 08 November    Marco de Canaveses    Portugal    FMP    X    X    X        X
13 – 15 November    Marco de Canaveses    Portugal    FMP    X    X    X    X    X

CATEGORIES

The final rankings will take into account the 6 best results.

The top 15 riders of the EnduroGP Category the preceding year are not allowed to take part.

SENIORS JUNIORS
Age limit 23 years.
Junior 1 and Junior 2 categories: All rounds to count.
The FIM Junior Enduro World Champion will be decided based on the overall rankings of the Junior 1 and Junior 2 categories.

YOUTH
Age limit 21 years.

All rounds to count.

WOMEN
The FIM Women’s Enduro World Cup will be held on the last Event of the Championship (13-15 November in Marco de Canaveses, Portugal).

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 FIM Grand Prix World Championship - Statement from the FIM  MotoGP™ Stewards, 18 August

Following several incidents both on and off track during the last two Grands Prix in the Czech Republic and Austria, the FIM MotoGP™ Stewards began to summon the riders involved in order to better understand the circumstances of each situation, in addition to analysing video footage of the incidents in question.

Since it was not possible to organise all the hearings at the end of the Austrian GP MotoGP™ race on Sunday the 16th of August, the members of the FIM MotoGP™ Stewards panel, composed of Bill Cumbow, Freddie Spencer and Ralph Bohnhorst, will continue to summon the riders concerned as soon as possible ahead of the BMW M Grand Prix of Styria.

Danilo Petrucci (Ducati Team) and Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini) each attended a hearing on Saturday at the Austrian GP.

Johann Zarco (Esponsorama Racing), Franco Morbidelli (Petronas Yamaha SRT), Pol Espargaro (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) and Miguel Oliveira (Red Bull KTM Tech 3) will now each meet with the FIM MotoGP™ Stewards on Thursday the 20th of August at the Red Bull Ring.

The FIM's mission is to support riders and contribute to their safety and education, as well as to apply any sanctions required by the FIM Regulations.

A press release will be issued after the hearings.
 

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Statement from FIM, IRTA and Dorna
To all the MotoGP™ Family,

The Covid-19 pandemic is and has been one of the biggest challenges our sport has faced. Very soon it will be time to get back on track with two consecutive GPs in Jerez, and we are very excited for the restart of our sport.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every single member of the MotoGP™ family, including manufacturers, teams, riders, officials, circuits, marshals, volunteers, broadcasters, journalists, photographers, sponsors, partners, service companies and organization staff for their incredible efforts during this difficult time, and for the hard work put in by so many to make it possible for us to go racing again.

After a lot of hard work and effort, in conjunction with authorities we have been able to produce an accepted protocol for events with the aim of minimising the risks of infection. We must take this opportunity to remind everyone of the importance of the safety measures and medical procedures in place that enable us to get back on track.

Before we arrive at the Circuito de Jerez-Angel Nieto, we remind everyone that once you have been tested, each member of the paddock must self-isolate as much as possible and avoid all unnecessary contact with others until such time as we arrive at the circuit.

When we are at the circuit, the race weekend and the paddock will look different, as our comprehensive medical protocol ensures the highest safety standards for everyone present at the event.It is essential that all confinement rules are followed strictly, and all participants must only go to the circuit and hotel.

We will be missing many members of the paddock, and we’re grateful for their work from a distance, and of course, for now we will unfortunately also be missing all our fans in the grandstands.

This medical protocol must be read and followed to the letter, inside and outside the circuit. Any breaches of the medical protocol will be taken extremely seriously and immediately acted upon by the organiser.

The health of all members of the paddock is our top priority, and we thank you for your cooperation in ensuring we can get back on track safely for another incredible weekend - and season - of racing.

Every single participant is responsible for the future of our sport.

FIM President Jorge Viegas, IRTA President Hervé Poncharal & Dorna Sports CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta

#RacingTogether#RacingAhead   
 

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Please find enclosed the Press Release / FIM MXGP/MX2/ Women’s Motocross World Championships
MXGP unveil the updated 2020 Calendar

During the last four months, Infront Moto Racing alongside the FIM, National Federations and organisers have been continuously involved in discussions with local governments with the common goal to preserve the maximum number of events in order to deliver a credible Championship and at the same time to support all the stakeholders in Motocross.
Unfortunately, the MXGPs of Czech Republic, Sweden, Finland, Germany, Indonesia and Asia have been postponed to 2021.

Principle modifications to the calendar:
- The MXGP calendar will resume with three consecutive events in Kegums; the MXGP of Latvia (8/9 August), Riga (11/12 August) and Kegums (15/16 August).
- The MXGP of Emilia Romagna will change venue to Faenza for two consecutive events: the MXGP of Italy (15/16 September) and the MXGP of Emilia Romagna (19/20 September).
- The MXGP of Winchester in Matterley Basin (Great Britain) on 26/27 September.
- New on the calendar is the MXGP Lombardia in Mantova (Italy-3/4 October).
- There will be three consecutive events in Lommel (Belgium); the MXGP of Flanders (17/18 October), Limburg (20/21 October) and Lommel (24/25 October)
- MXGP of Trentino in Pietramurata (Italy) has been scheduled on a later date (31 October/1 November).  

The MXGP of Russia and the MXGP of Portugal remain part of the 2020 FIM Motocross World Championship calendar as TBC depending on the ongoing national conditions.
Unfortunately, the Monster Energy FIM Motocross of Nations in Ernée, France has had to be postponed to 2023 due to the severe restrictions related to the ongoing Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, which forbid mass public gatherings in France. Infront Moto Racing are now working with Steve Dixon to bring the 2020 Monster Energy FIM MXoN to Matterley Basin (Great Britain); the event, which is nearly 3 months away will conform to the outdoor event guidance regulations.

Additional information:
In order to provide the riders with a longer recovery period, the MXGP and MX2 race action will be concentrated on one day, with free/timed practice taking place in the morning and the races starting from 12h00 into the afternoon. The European Championship and/or the Women’s World Championship will be run on the day prior.
Participants in the FIM Motocross of Nations will also gain points towards the FIM MXGP/MX2 Motocross World Championships. Infront Moto Racing and the FIM are working on the regulations for this new format, with the principle and the soul of the Nations event very much in mind.
Prior to each event, Infront will inform all the stakeholders, media and fans about the specific COVID-19 restrictions and protocols in place.
Infront Moto Racing and the FIM would like to thank the National Federations, organisers, the manufacturers, partners, riders, teams and fans for their cooperation, patience, understanding and support.

Revised calendar:

Date FMNR Venue Country Women
01 March ACU Matterley Basin Great Britain Women
08 March KNMV Valkenswaard The Netherlands Women
09 August LaMSF  Kegums Latvia  
12 August LaMSF  Kegums Latvia  
16 August LaMSF  Kegums Latvia  
06 September TMF Afyonkarahisar Turkey Women
16 September FMI Faenza Italy  
20 September FMI Faenza Italy  
27 September ACU Matterley Bassin Great Britain  
04 October FMI Mantova Italy Women
11 October RFME intu Xanadú-Arroyomolinos Spain  
18 October FMB Lommel Belgium  
21 October FMB Lommel Belgium  
25 October FMB Lommel Belgium  
01 November FMI Pietramurata FMI  
22 November CAMOD Neuquen Argentina  
To Be Confirmed MFR  Orlyonok Russia  
To Be Confirmed FMP  Agueda Russia  
         
To Be Confirmed - 27 September - Monster Energy FIM Motocross of Nations – Matterley Bassin (Great Britain)

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Extra races headline schedule change for WorldSSP and WorldSSP300
The return of all three Championships will bring more racing action, with additional races in place for the support classes to WorldSBK.

The 2020 MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship will return to action on 31 July at the Circuito de Jerez, along with the FIM Supersport (WorldSSP) and FIM Supersport 300 World Championships (WorldSSP300). Both WorldSSP and WorldSSP300 will feature revised weekend schedules starting in Europe, composing of an additional race for each class on Saturday after their respective Tissot Superpole sessions have been completed.

WorldSSP300 Tissot Superpole will happen directly before the class’ Last Chance Race, whilst WorldSBK Race 1, WorldSSP Race 1 and then WorldSSP300 Race 1 will follow. The overall event schedule changes mean that now, racing action will begin for all classes on Saturday, with full Championship points awarded in all races.

Both Championships will continue to add exhilarating racing to the WorldSBK class and like in World Superbike, everyone’s safety from both Championship’s is an absolute priority and uncompromising in returning to action. Both classes will follow the same calendar to WorldSBK and with strict guidelines in place, will mean more racing than ever before for the two support classes have ever seen.

Gregorio Lavilla, Executive Director, WorldSBK Sporting and Organisation departments said: “Firstly, it is a great satisfaction that we can announce a safe return to racing for all three classes. The history of both WorldSSP and WorldSSP300 enriches the atmosphere of the WorldSBK paddock, often providing some of the closest racing all season, as well as allowing the stars of the future to flourish on the world stage. 2020 has provided its obstacles but thanks to the hard work, tenacity and determination of all parties involved, we will return to the world’s circuits with all three classes. We now look forward hugely to the recommencement of racing at Jerez, whilst welcoming back all corners of the racing paddock.”
 

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Please find enclosed the Press Release / MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship/
FIM Supersport and Supersport 300 World Championships
2020 calendar, UPDATE 19 JUNE
After the forced stop in place due to the Covid-19 outbreak, the 2020 MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship can finally restart. After discussions with the FIM, Governments, Circuits, paddock personnel and Dorna WSBK Organization (DWO), a provisional calendar for the 2020 season can be confirmed. Dates and circuits are as follows.

The Championship’s return will initially be held without public and with a limited media presence, although the situation is subject to specific government mass gathering guidelines and will be updated in due course.

DATE    COUNTRY    CIRCUIT    WorldSBK    WorldSSP    WorldSSP300
28 Feb. – 1 March    Australia    Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit    X    X    
31 Jul. - 2 August    Spain    Circuito de Jerez - Ángel Nieto     X    X    X
7 – 9 August    Portugal    Autódromo Internacional do Algarve    X    X    X
28 – 30 August    Spain    MotorLand Aragón    X    X    X
4 – 6 September    Spain    MotorLand Aragón    X    X    X
18 - 20 September    Spain    Circuit de Barcelona - Catalunya    X    X    X
2 – 4 October    France    Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours    X    X    X
9 – 11 October    Argentina*     Circuito San Juan Villicum    X    X    
6 – 8 November    Italy*    Misano World Circuit “Marco Simoncelli”    X    X    X
TBD    United Kingdom**    Donington Park    X    X    X
TBD    The Netherlands**    TT Circuit Assen    X    X    X
TBD    Qatar**    Losail International Circuit    X    X    

*Event to be confirmed
**To be determined

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Isabelle Lariviere
Communications Manager
FIM (Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme)
 

 

 

 

#Sport4Recovery Campaign Launched
to Reopen Organised Sport

New global initiative unites the sporting community to encourage policymakers to safely re-open sporting events and fan participation as soon as possible.

Today #Sport4Recovery, a global campaign to encourage policymakers to safely re-open organised sport, was launched by a group of governing bodies and other stakeholders from across different sport. In addition to communicating with policymakers, the campaign aims to work with the scientific community to highlight the importance of sport for mental and physical health recovery as well as to mobilise athletes and sports fans.

Sarah Lewis, Secretary General of the International Ski Federation (FIS) and the Association of the International Olympic Winter Sports Federations (AIOWF) said: "We believe that sport can serve as a role model for other sectors of society in demonstrating and promoting the organisation of safe and controlled activities and we welcome sports organisations and stakeholders involved in sport around the world to join our movement. After all, organised sport is already staged according to controlled procedures and comprehensive health and safety protocols to ensure the wellbeing of all involved."

“With the cessation of organised sport comes tremendous uncertainty presently for our sector, including the grassroots and youth development level, which has been shaped and grown over decades and provides a key societal function as well as an important economic impact contribution globally, nationally and in local communities," added Patrick Comninos, CEO of the Basketball Champions League.

Therefore, we the undersigned, call on governments to:

1. Recognise the importance of organised sport given its societal, physical and mental health benefits, especially as we emerge from months of lockdown that has restricted the ability of athletes to participate in their livelihoods and fans the opportunity to watch sport.

2. Work with sports governing bodies and other stakeholders to develop and approve detailed protocols to enable the timely re-opening of venues, training and competition.

3. Protect the sports sector from further massive economic and structural damage by actively supporting the development of a sustainable pathway to re-open when it is safe for everyone involved.

4. Ease national and international travel and accommodation regulations for top athletes, teams and officials, in line with health and safety protocols.

5. Consider the needs of each individual sport; support for women’s sports both at the grassroots and top level; and the importance of sport for the disabled.

And in line with the safety principles that are being established for other sectors:

6. Enable spectators to attend live sporting events.

7. Allow amateur sports clubs and facilities to open.

8. Begin to ease national and international travel and accommodation regulations for spectators and fans.

“After months of lockdown, sport is the perfect outlet to help people recover,” said Roberto Re, Leadership and Mental Coach. “Be it watching sports or participating in physical activity, sport encourages physical and mental fulfilment. As countries across the world open up, it is imperative that we create an environment that provides reassurance, particularly for children, that fun and excitement is returning to life. We can and should provide a sense of normalcy after months of uncertainty and for many, boredom”.

“I am fully endorsing #Sport4Recovery and can’t wait to come together safely post-lockdown and for all of us to be at our very best - physically, mentally and emotionally. Opening up organised sports is just the boost we all need, not only athletes, but also fans and passionate about sports, that everyday practice their favourite sport,” commented Filippo Tortu, 100 metres Italian recordholder and finalist at 2019 IAAF World Athletics Championships in Doha.

#Sport4Recovery is fully committed to working with governments and health authorities to ensure this is done safely - in accordance with the necessary measures such as testing for top athletes, social distancing, defined hygiene measures, as well as monitoring and tracking protocols sanctioned by government authorities.

The founding underwriters of the #Sport4Recovery manifesto are (in alphabetical order): Alliance of European Hockey Clubs (E.H.C.), Basketball Champions League, Basketball Champions League Americas, European Volleyball Federation (CEV), French Swimming Federation, International Basketball Federation (FIBA), International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF), International Motorcycling Federation (FIM), International Ski Federation (FIS), Italian Athletics Federation (FIDAL), Italian Golf Federation (FIG), Italian Ice Sports Association (FISG), Infront, Le Five, Lega Serie A, MXGP, and Sporsora.

For more information, please visit www.sport4recovery.org 

Media Contact - info@sport4recovery.org

 
                              

ABOUT THE FIM (www.fim-live.com)

The FIM (Federation Internationale de Motocyclisme) founded in 1904, is the governing body for motorcycle sport and the global advocate for motorcycling. The FIM is an independent association formed by 112 National Federations throughout the world. It is recognised as the sole competent authority in motorcycle sport by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

Among its 50 FIM World Championships the main events are MotoGP, Superbike, Endurance, Motocross, Supercross, Trial, Enduro, Cross-Country Rallies and Speedway. Furthermore, the FIM is also active and involved in the following areas: public affairs, road safety, touring and protection of the environment. The FIM was the first international sports federation to impose an Environmental Code in 1994.

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Please find enclosed the Press Release / FIM MXGP/MX2/ Women’s Motocross World Championships
2020 Calendar UPDATE 12 JUNE
MXGP of China Cancelled
FIM and Infront Moto Racing regret to announce that the 2020 MXGP of China has been cancelled due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The much-anticipated Chinese Grand Prix will however make a return to the MXGP racing calendar next season, with the Chinese Federation and H&H Sports Protection Group LTD committed to hosting fantastic events from 2021 onwards.

Additionally, the MXGP of Russia will also be moved from 2nd August to a later date in October / November, with the confirmed scheduling of this event to be announced at a later date based on the evolution of the pandemic and the associated and updated travel conditions that may apply at this time.

Infront Moto Racing, along with the FIM and the FIM Europe, is working closely with the local governments, national federations and the local organisers on a daily basis to have a final calendar in the coming weeks to continue the much awaited 2020 FIM Motocross World Championship.

Infront Moto Racing’s goal is to hold between 10-12 events, these are set to take place in Europe between the middle of August and the end of October, including the best off road event of the year, the Monster Energy FIM Motocross World Championship, which will be held in Ernée, France on 26th / 27th September. Then the plan is to schedule further events between November and the beginning of December, again following the evolution of the pandemic, to allow the 2020 MXGP Calendar to feature the longer distance stops including selected overseas events.

The European rounds of the MXGP/MX2 World Championships and the European Championships will be announced by the end of June. We thank all parties for your continued patience and we look forward to making a return to racing at the 2020 FIM Motocross World Championship very soon.
 

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FIM Grand Prix World Championship

as at 12 June 2020. The possibility of holding events outside Europe will be assessed and confirmed before the 31st of July. However, the 2020 season will not finish later than the 13th of December and will comprise a maximum of 17 events (including the Grand Prix of Qatar).

All dates and events, as well as the eventual attendance of spectators, are subject to the evolution of the pandemic and the approval of corresponding governments and authorities.
 

2020 Calendar, UPDATE 11 JUNE Date

Grand Prix

Circuit

08 March

Qatar*(Moto2 & Moto3 only)

Losail International Circuit

19 July

Spain

Circuito de Jerez-Ángel Nieto

26 July

Andalucía

Circuito de Jerez-Ángel Nieto

09 August

Czech Republic

Automotodrom Brno

16 August

Austria

Red Bull Ring-Spielberg

23 August

Styria

Red Bull Ring-Spielberg

13 September

San Marino e Della Riviera di Rimini

Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli

20 September

Emilia Romagna e Della Riviera di Rimini

Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli

27 September

Catalunya

Barcelona - Catalunya

11 October

France

Le Mans

18 October

Aragón

MotorLand Aragón

25 October

Teruel

MotorLand Aragón

08 November

Europe

Comunitat Valenciana-Ricardo Tormo

15 November

Comunitat Valenciana

Comunitat Valenciana-Ricardo Tormo

Americas**

Circuit of The Americas

Argentina**

Termas de Rio Hondo

Thailand**

Chang International Circuit

Malaysia**

Sepang International Circuit

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The cancellation of the British Grand Prix also obliges the cancellation of the corresponding British Talent Cup track activity at the same event.
Stuart Pringle, Silverstone Managing Director: “We are extremely disappointed about the cancellation of the British MotoGP event, not least as the cancelled race in 2018 is still such a recent memory, but we support the decision that has had to be taken at this exceptional time.

 “I want to thank the stoic British fans for their patience and support.  We must now look forward to 2021 when Silverstone will once again host the fastest and most historic MotoGP race on the calendar and work hard to make it a truly exceptional event for all to enjoy.”
Paul Little AO, Australian Grand Prix Corporation Chairman: “We’re very disappointed that MotoGP fans throughout Victoria, Australia and internationally won’t get the chance to make the pilgrimage to see the world’s best riders compete on one of the best circuits anywhere in the world, but the right decision has been made.
 “The Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix puts Phillip Island on the global stage and it’ll be back better than ever in 2021.”

Carmelo Ezpeleta, CEO of Dorna Sports: “We’re saddened to have to announce the cancellation of these iconic events after finding no way through the logistical and operational issues resulting from the pandemic and rearranged calendar. Silverstone and Phillip Island are always two of the most thrilling race weekends of the season, with both tracks never failing in their promise to deliver some of the closest racing in our Championship.
 “On behalf of Dorna, I would like to once again extend my thanks to the fans for their understanding and patience as we wait for the situation to improve. We look forward to returning to Silverstone and Phillip Island next year for more incredible battles."

 

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Letter from the FIM President, Jorge Viegas

World Environment Day 2020
Dear FIM Family,
 
I sincerely hope that you are well and that you remain safe during these difficult times, which has disrupted everyone's life and halted all FIM activities for a few weeks now.

It is a pleasure for me to address you on this occasion regarding a subject that is a high priority in the recovery plans of our various sporting disciplines.

As FIM President, one of foremost commitments is the sustainability of motorcycling.
We believe that sustainability is one of the pillars on which to build the return of our sport. Before this crisis, sustainability was a high priority, but now we will come back stronger having adapted our objectives to the Sustainable Development Goals and to giving thought to polices that will reduce our greenhouse emissions and can be adapted to tackle climate change.

We are now ready to publish our revamped Sustainability Policy approved by the Board of Directors last February. This Policy includes the topics mentioned above.

We are working hard in the new electric championships and are also looking for new ways in our administrative processes in order to reduce emissions.

For more than a decade, the FIM has been working with the United Nations Environment to support one of their largest and most widely recognised campaigns namely World Environment Day. We continue to promote activities in line with the theme selected each year, and by inviting our national federations and organisers to join these campaigns, which are enthusiastically supported by our Environmental Ambassadors.

This helps us to come close to our community with a shared objective: to raise awareness and engage with shared action on this very important day, when we join forces to create awareness in all sectors of activity, not only for one day but in a lasting way.

This year the theme “biodiversity” is of great importance. We enjoy nature, but it is one of the greatest environmental challenges we face. This year the International Sustainability Commission introduced a chapter in the FIM environmental code aimed at protecting and encouraging biodiversity.

The FIM is supporting research in topics of greater awareness amongst the community such as “motorsport and biodiversity” a topic investigated by experts of a well-known European university with a view to minimising impacts and ?nding a sustainable solution to preserve our sport for future generations. Some scienti?c research has been carried out, the results demonstrate that motorcycling sport and tracks of all kinds can play an important role in preserving and promoting biodiversity through the activities performed on and around the various tracks.

I am inviting you to enjoy but take action for nature and be a part of whilst celebrating World Environment Day with us on 5 June by joining the events we have prepared for this occasion.

Together we can act for Nature and Ride Green !

Happy World Environment Day!

Jorge Viegas
FIM President
For more info about World Environment Day 2020
visit the official website:
click HERE
#ForNature
#FIMRideGreen

Mrs Isabelle Larivière | Communications Manager | Isabelle.lariviere@fim.ch

 
                              

ABOUT THE FIM (www.fim-live.com)

The FIM (Federation Internationale de Motocyclisme) founded in 1904, is the governing body for motorcycle sport and the global advocate for motorcycling. The FIM is an independent association formed by 112 National Federations throughout the world. It is recognised as the sole competent authority in motorcycle sport by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

Among its 50 FIM World Championships the main events are MotoGP, Superbike, Endurance, Motocross, Supercross, Trial, Enduro, Cross-Country Rallies and Speedway. Furthermore, the FIM is also active and involved in the following areas: public affairs, road safety, touring and protection of the environment. The FIM was the first international sports federation to impose an Environmental Code in 1994.

FIM Data Privacy Legal Notice
Please click on the following link to know more about FIM Data Protection Policy. By remaining on FIM’s contact list you expressly authorized FIM to contact you for marketing and communication purposes. You have the right to opt out at any time by clicking on unsubscribe.
You are also entitled to request that FIM erase, rectify or send you any personal data FIM holds about you under the GDPR by sending your written request to gdpr-request@fim.ch.

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Monster Energy Supercross Set to Resume Racing in Salt Lake City on May 31
Seven Made-For-TV Races without Fans Airing on NBC & NBCSN will aid in Getting the Industry Back to Work.

Go to "Stop Press" > "FIM World Chanmpionships" for more details

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Infront Moto Racing Official Statement
Following the latest announcements of some Governments concerning the postponement of mass events, Infront Moto Racing and the FIM are closely following the situation in the jurisdictions where MXGP takes place in 2020 and awaiting further news. Once the reopening phase post Covid-19 lockdown and its impact to events such as MXGP is clearly defined, a 2020 MXGP Calendar review will be completed and further information on the next Grand Prix events will be released.

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Decision of the Grand Prix Commission, 15 APRIL 2020.

See Full details on the tab "Stop Press" >> FIM & World Championships"
 
Grand Prix Commission approves MotoGP™ Technical Regulation changes for 2020 and 2021.

During the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, MotoGP™ continues to work hard on measures designed to ease the impact of this global pandemic on our sport.

A very positive and fruitful electronic meeting between MotoGP™ manufacturers and representatives of the organisation was recently held in order to share views and discuss a range of topics, from calendar revisions to proposed changes to the technical regulations for the 2020 and 2021 seasons.

After approval by all teams across the three classes, the majority of the manufacturers and no votes against, the following proposals for changes to the technical regulations were then made to the Grand Prix Commission and subsequently accepted.

These changes are designed to reduce the costs incurred by the ongoing COVID-19 crisis whilst maintaining fairness and equality in order to conserve the entertainment value of the sport and the integrity of the competition.

- Specification freeze for the engine and aero-body, for the MotoGP™ class till the first event of the 2021 season. Thereafter, current upgrade regulations will apply for the rest of the 2021 season.

- Specification freeze of the whole motorcycle in Moto2™ and Moto3™ classes during 2020 and 2021.

The FIM, IRTA and Dorna want to thank all the manufacturers for their continuous support to the Championship.

Please find attached the Grand Prix Commission decisions regarding these changes in full, as well as details on the banning of ride height devices in both Moto2™ and Moto3™.
 

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A statement from Dorna Sports: racing is our top priority in 2020

The coronavirus pandemic is ongoing and has already resulted in revisions to the 2020 calendar for the MotoGP™ World Championship, including the postponement or rescheduling of a number of events. In light of the continued uncertainty, Dorna Sports would like to reaffirm that racing is our top priority in 2020.

At Dorna, we remain in continuous discussion with the FIM, IRTA, the MSMA and Grand Prix promoters as we closely monitor the situation, keeping channels of communication and support between each pillar of our sport as open as possible. The aim of every party involved is to begin racing again as soon as it is safe to do so.

Our number one focus has always been and will remain on trying to run the 2020 season with as many Grands Prix as possible, finishing within the 2020 calendar year. However, we will always act in line with health and safety advice from governments and relevant health authorities.

If the pandemic continues to put our lives and sport on hold for longer than any of us are able to anticipate and travel restrictions remain in place, only as a last resort would Dorna Sports ever consider discussing cancellation of the 2020 season with the FIM, IRTA and the MSMA.

Our number one focus for WorldSBK is likewise trying to run the 2020 season with as many Rounds as possible once it is safe to do so.

The priority of all parties involved is to race, safely, and bring our fans more of what they love: motorcycle racing.
 

 

 

Interview Jorge Viegas,FIM President

 
Every day new events postponed. Every hour new questions…How do you live through the coronavirus crisis when you are the President of an International Sports Federation? Are we free to choose, what are the consequences? A 63-year-old economist and President of the International Motorcycling Federation (FIM) since 2018, Jorge Viegas also mentioned doping concerns in an exclusive interview conducted by Jean-Claude Schertenleib, in Qatar last weekend "La Tribune de Genève and 24 Heures ", published in Switzerland Friday 13 March.
 
 
The President of the International Motorcycling Federation, Jorge Viegas remains optimistic despite facing the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis  © FIM
 
The coronavirus, we imagine it is worse for a President of an International Sports Federation?
I hope yes, but I refuse to dramatize. I am not a virologist; it is not for me to say what can, what will happen in the future. I chair a sports federation, which also manages other motorcycling activities, such as tourism, mobility. Our goal is to be able to follow all our activities.

With the promoters of the various disciplines, you are actors. But in this case, you are mainly spectators of political decisions?
Yes. We will always follow the directions of governments and the World Health Organisation. We recognise that the spread of the disease must be stopped. Unfortunately, a state of general panic now exists. And the worst danger is this: collective hysteria.

For the past week, each day has brought back new events. However, there are only 52 weekends in a year. Can we imagine that some championships will end at Christmas?
Yes, If necessary. Imagine that several events have yet to be cancelled and that we have to resume racing much later, well, we will go as far as it takes to keep championships worthy of the name. If it is necessary, we will go until January 2021. For us, it is not taboo.

Economically, there is going to be collateral damage. All these cancellations / postponements, the season that could be extended, all this has costs?
Of course, and if we get out of our little motorcycle world for a moment, we have to worry about the global consequences. Factories are shut down, schools closed, all economic activity slows down. There will be consequences, but they are still difficult to quantify.

MotoGP is the showcase for FIM sporting activities. But there are other disciplines, such as superbike, motocross, trial, enduro, etc. If so, do you follow the priorities by saying: "We first ensure a maximum of MotoGP races and after that we will see for the rest"?
Not at all. Things are not in conflict between our different championships, which represent the great diversity of our sport.

In terms of media coverage, cross-interest and economically - does this multiplicity not become a handicap?
In all human activities, hierarchies are created in the public, this is the case with us. The great success of F1? Simple, in the world, it represents the top of motorsport. While there are also rallies, tourism, endurance. With us, it's a bit the same with MotoGP, although the popularity of the motocross world championship is increasing, which is very pleasing.

But the general public could be lost, shouldn't we restrict the offering?
On the contrary, and we are currently working on a new discipline, the e-bike, reserved for electric bikes. There were first races last year, an internal commission has been created and a first FIM Cup is planned, with events in Europe and Asia; I just learned that the United States was also very interested. So no, there are not too many disciplines, there is a motorcycle sport for everyone, in all its forms. An ice race is nothing like a circuit race, but come see one, you will be overcome!

Let's move on. Before the current crisis erupted, a burning dossier was on your desks: the positive test for nandrolone (an anabolic steroid) by the Italian MotoGP rider Andrea Iannone. However, we are still awaiting judgment...
The FIM president has nothing to do with the trial. It has been examined by the lawyers for the two parties, who have sent the various documents they deemed necessary and a committee of three judges, all very experienced, who will very soon give its decision. Afterwards, there will be the possibility of an appeal to the CAS, both on the part of Iannone and his employer, Aprilia, if the sanction is considered too severe; or on the part of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) if it considers that the sanction is not sufficient.

Do the specifics of motorcycle sport always go hand in hand with the list of products prohibited by WADA?
With us, skill, psyche and courage are more important than brute physical strength. Not to mention the problem of painkillers. I plan to meet the new president of WADA, Witold Banka, to see if it would be possible to have a list more suited to our sport.
 

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The FIM (Federation Internationale de Motocyclisme) founded in 1904, is the governing body for motorcycle sport and the global advocate for motorcycling. The FIM is an independent association formed by 111 National Federations throughout the world. It is recognised as the sole competent authority in motorcycle sport by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

Among its 50 FIM World Championships the main events are MotoGP, Superbike, Endurance, Motocross, Supercross, Trial, Enduro, Cross-Country Rallies and Speedway. Furthermore, the FIM is also active and involved in the following areas: public affairs, road safety, touring and protection of the environment. The FIM was the first international sports federation to impose an Environmental Code in 1994.

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FIM Grand Prix World Championship

2020 Calendar, updated 05 March

Due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, the OR Thailand Grand Prix was recently postponed.

The FIM, IRTA and Dorna have evaluated alternative dates for the event later this season and can now announce that the Thai GP has been rescheduled for the 2nd to 4th of October.

The Aragon Grand Prix will now be held a week earlier, from the 25th to 27th September. Date

Grand prix

Circuit

08 March

Qatar* (Moto2&Moto3 only)

Losail International Circuit

05 April

Americas

Circuit of the Americas

19 April

Republica Argentina

Termas de Rio Hondo

03 May

Spain

Circuito de Jerez – Ángel Nieto

17 May

France

Le Mans

31 May

Italy

Autodromo del Mugello

07 June

Catalunya

Barcelona - Catalunya

21 June

Germany

Sachsenring

28 June

Netherlands

TT Circuit Assen

12 July

Finland**

KymiRing

09 August

Czech Republic

Automotodrom Brno

16 August

Austria

Red Bull Ring-Spielberg

30 August

Great Britain

Silverstone

13 September

San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini

Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli

27 September

Aragón

MotorLand Aragón

04 October

Thailand

Chang International Circuit

18 October

Japan

Twin Ring Motegi

25 October

Australia

Philip Island

01 November

Malaysia

Sepang International Circuit

15 November

Comunitat Valenciana

Comunitat Valenciana-Ricardo Tormo

 

 

 

FIM meets with ASO,organisers,
team managers, riders and manufacturers regarding rally safety

As previously planned yesterday in Lisbon, Portugal - FIM President Jorge Viegas, FIM Sports Director Jean-Paul Gombeaud and FIM colleagues met with representatives from ASO (Organisers of the Dakar Rally), organisers, team managers, riders and manufacturers from the discipline of rally. The main objective of this important meeting was to reduce the number of accidents involving both riders and the public, and to increase safety in all rally events, but with a particular focus on the Dakar Rally.

 
Attendance: FIM President, Jorge Viegas; FIM Sports Director, Jean-Paul Gombeaud; CRT Director, Jean-François Wulveryck; CRT Member, Jose Rita; CTI Coordinator, Dominique Hebrard; ASO - Dakar Director, David Castera; ASO Competitor relationship Technical, Charles Cuypers; ASO - Dakar Technical, Thierry Viardot; Honda Team, Manager Ruben Faria; Honda Team Manager, Helder Rodrigues; Yamaha Team Manager, Alexandre Kowalski; Yamaha Team Manager, José Leloir; Yamaha Rider, Adrien Van Beveren; KTM Team Manager, Jordi Viladoms; KTM-HVA Tech, Stefan Huber; KTM (Extern) Heinz Kinigadner; KTM Rider, Sam Sunderland, HT Rally Raid Team Manager Henk Hellegers; Hero, Wolfgang Fischer.© FIM
 

During the meeting the following factors were identified as potentially increasing the risk of accidents, those being: Fatigue; dehydration; speeding and heightened confidence; hyper-thermic; navigational error; distraction; course – limited visibility of obstacle; and Road Book accuracy.

Following positive and constructive discussions between all parties, a number of proposals were put forward to address the points raised. They included:

Course: In future all courses at  FIM championship events will be designed with the collaboration of a former motorcycle rider.

Road Book: A ‘course inspector’ team to be appointed - to develop the Road Book for all rounds so that all riders / teams have the same level of information and a truer interpretation of the actual level of difficulty of the course.

Speed reduction: More variation of the styles of course in order to have lower average speeds.

Air intake restrictor – the installation of the air intake restrictors, as per FIM 300 WSBK - in order to reduce engine power and also reduce speed. A test period will apply until June.

Rider protection equipment: Adopt airbags as soon as possible. Imminent meeting planned with relevant manufacturers, with 2020 being used for development in order to implement fully in 2021.

Navigation: A new instrumentation tower is being developed, with more visual and audio signals, and more compact / less obtrusive to avoid injuries.

Pleased with the progress made during the meeting FIM President Jorge Viegas said: “I am satisfied with this very constructive meeting in an attempt to reduce the number of accidents in Rally, which is a priority for the FIM especially in the Dakar rally. We will test solutions from the start of this season and we will make a plan at the end of the season to adjust as necessary. The participation of ASO, KTM, Husqvarna, Hero, Honda, Yamaha and also the riders Sam Sunderland and Adrien Van Beveren allowed us to work hand in hand to take up this challenge to ensure the sustainability of this spectacular and unique championship.”

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Among its 50 FIM World Championships the main events are MotoGP, Superbike, Endurance, Motocross, Supercross, Trial, Enduro, Cross-Country Rallies and Speedway. Furthermore, the FIM is also active and involved in the following areas: public affairs, road safety, touring and protection of the environment. The FIM was the first international sports federation to impose an Environmental Code in 1994.

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First meeting of the
FIM Board of Directors in 2020

 

The FIM Board of Directors met at the FIM Headquarters in Mies, Switzerland on 13 and 14 February ahead of the FIM Conference of Commissions to be held this weekend in Geneva.

 
 
Left to right: Stephan Carapiet (FIM Asia President), Rob Dingman (FIM North America President & CONUs representative), Jorgen Bitsch (FIM Board Member), Giovanni Copioli (FIM Board Member), Martin De Graaff (FIM Europe President), Jacques Bolle (FIM Vice-President), Tony Skillington (FIM Chief Executive Officer), Jorge Viegas (FIM President), Ignacio Verneda (FIM Deputy President), Pedro Venturo Jr (FIM Latin America President), Jos Driessen (FIM Board Member),Marco Comana (FIM Africa President),  Jan Stovicek (FIM Board Member), Glen Williams ( FIM Oceania President). © FIM
 

During its meeting, the Board addressed many topics, in particular:

Sport: All sporting disciplines were discussed with a specific focus on Enduro, E-bike, Sand races. Ensuring the highest level of safety for competitors worldwide remains a priority for the FIM. A Technical Laboratory (FIM Tech Lab) is currently under construction at the FIM Headquarters aiming mainly to perform technical checks of electronics and mechanical parts and homologations.

Circuit Homologation: The Board approved the creation of a Committee for circuit homologation.

KTM/WESS: Following a positive meeting held last December between the FIM and the WESS promoter concerning the “Extreme Enduro Series”, there is good expectation that a final agreement will be reached within a short period in order to create the first FIM Hard Enduro World Cup.

Safety in Rallies: The FIM is extremely concerned with the level of security in Cross Country Rallies events and therefore has called for a meeting to be held on 2 March in Lisbon between expert engineers, official team directors as well as the Dakar organiser, ASO. Important measures to increase the safety of riders are expected in order to minimise the risk of fatal accidents in light of recent events.

Ethical Chamber: For the first time ever, the FIM Ethical Chamber, composed of members of the International Commission of Judges (CJI) and other external legal experts and judges also representing the geographical diversity of the FIM will meet during a full day to share best practices. Mr Frantisek Schulmann, CJI member, was newly appointed by the Board to the Ethical Chamber.

IFM (International Foundation for Motorcycling): The Board appointed the first Foundation Board members for an initial mandate of 3 years. Mr Jorge Viegas - FIM sitting President is de facto the Foundation President. Mr Martin De Graaff - FIM Europe President, Mr Tony Skillington - FIM CEO, Mr Guy Maitre - FIM Family legend and former FIM CEO as well as Mr Giacomo Agostini - multi-time FIM world champion Grand Prix motorcycle road racer were appointed IFM Board members.

We, the riders campaign (WTR): FIM considers WTR a strategic hub to promote and make publicly know important topics for motorcyclists and the 2-wheels industry. An encouraging overview of the impact of the campaign on the WTR digital platforms was presented by the Marketing and Communication department. The next step is to encourage FMNs and CONUs to participate in FIM’s web seminars/video tutorials with dedicated practical examples tailored on local needs or events. The FMNs and CONUs liason department will contribute to the development of these activities.

FIM Yearbook: The 2020 edition will be DIGITAL ONLY accessible on FIM-Live.com and FIM-Family.com in the members section (password required). The FIM adheres to high standards of data protection as well as to the transparency of the collection of personal data in accordance with the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Amendments to Codes: Revisions to the Statutes and By-Laws were voted on (submitted to approval by the GA in November) as well as amendments to the Medical Code and Environmental Code presented by the respective Commissions’ Directors. A newly sustainability policy aligned with the latest commitments to protect the environment was endorsed by the Board.

Commissions: Mr Jean-François Wulveryck was appointed CRT Director. Several other changes were made to the composition of the FIM Commissions. The new lists of members will be announced shortly. Commission Directors had the opportunity to address their main projects and concerns to the Board. All Commissions will meet over the weekend in the framework of the Conference of Commissions. A plenary session bringing together the Board of Directors, the Commissions, the Promoters and journalists will take place on Saturday, followed by a celebration party for FIM Family members at the FIM Headquarters.

In addition, the CONU Presidents, the Board Committees and the departments of the Administration presented the progress of

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Among its 50 FIM World Championships the main events are MotoGP, Superbike, Endurance, Motocross, Supercross, Trial, Enduro, Cross-Country Rallies and Speedway. Furthermore, the FIM is also active and involved in the following areas: public affairs, road safety, touring and protection of the environment. The FIM was the first international sports federation to impose an Environmental Code in 1994.

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Monaco hosts hugely successful FIM Awards

 

2019 FIM Champions at FIM Awards Ceremony, Monaco © GoodShoot

The Principality of Monaco, steeped in motorsports history, once again proved the perfect location for the FIM Awards, with tonight’s glittering ceremony declared a huge success for the almost six hundred guests who packed into the beautiful Sporting Monte-Carlo venue. In front of an audience, including representatives from the one hundred and eleven national federations, motorcycling legends, various members of the FIM, championship promoters, manufacturer and team representatives, sponsors and other invited international guests, the 2019 FIM World Champions were duly rewarded for their respective sporting achievements.

During the glamorous ceremony riders from all disciplines were invited to the stage to collect their FIM gold medals, with many having their own individual stories of a season-long battle that required both dedication and determination to eventually reach their ultimate goal. With his brother Marc absent due to recent surgery, Alex Marquez was on hand to collect his FIM Moto2 Grand Prix prize, as was five-time FIM Superbike World Champion Jonathan Rea.

Illustrating the diversity amongst the 2019 FIM World Champions the aforementioned two Circuit Racing heroes tonight stood shoulder to shoulder with two motorcycling heroines in the form of six-time FIM Women’s TrialGP World Champion Emma Bristow and newly crowned FIM Women’s Motocross World Champion Courtney Duncan from New Zealand, riding a Kawasaki. Also Hamish MacDonald from Christchurch, World Junior 125cc Enduro Champion riding a Sherco

Fifteen-year-old Jesper Knudsen from Denmark claiming the FIM Speedway Youth World Championship and Italy’s fourteen-year-old Valerio Lata who secured the FIM 85cc Junior Motocross World Championship were the youngest two riders in attendance this evening. Whilst Bradley Freeman - FIM EnduroGP and E1 World Champion – and Toni Bou – FIM TrialGP and FIM X-Trial World Champion – both collected two gold medals each tonight.

In addition to celebrating the bravery and exploits of the many FIM World Champions, it was also a moment to recognise the work done by others – individuals and organisations - who continue to work tirelessly for the benefit of motorcycling overall, with the presentation of the following four very important FIM Awards.

The FIM Environmental Award was won by Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, whilst it was Motorcycle Clothing Assessment Program – Australasia who collected the FIM Road Safety Award on this occasion. The highly competitive FIM Women in Motorcycling Award, which received eight nominations this year, eventually went to MissBiker – Italy after much deliberation. Finally, the FIM Award for the Future was won by Hobby Sport – Primi Passi FMI – Italy.

Throughout the ceremony, the long list of prizes and awards were presented by a highly decorated group of true motorcycling legends. These included Max Biaggi - FIM Circuit Tacing Legend; Joël Robert - FIM Motocross Legend; Juha Salminen - FIM Enduro Legend; Carmelo Ezpeleta – FIM Promoter Legend; Rob Rasor - FIM Family Legend; and Guy Maitre - FIM Family Legend, who were all recognised for their own contributions.

Both proud and delighted to have hosted this memorable evening, FIM President Jorge Viegas remarked: “ It has been a wonderful night. Having the chance to have all the World Champions together with Promoters and the FIM Family is very special. The riders made huge efforts during the whole season; they are here tonight and we are very happy."

           
          

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Among its 50 FIM World Championships the main events are MotoGP, Superbike, Endurance, Motocross, Supercross, Trial, Enduro, Cross-Country Rallies and Speedway. Furthermore, the FIM is also active and involved in the following areas: public affairs, road safety, touring and protection of the environment. The FIM was the first international sports federation to impose an Environmental Code in 1994.

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Hamish Macdonald: From Newcomer to World Champion