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FIM Reaffirms the FIM World Supercross Championship as the Sole Sanctioned World Supercross Championship Series

MIES, SWITZERLAND, August 23, 2022 - In light of recently announced developments in the marketplace, Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM), the global governing body of motorcycle racing, reaffirms that the FIM World Supercross Championship remains the only supercross world championship series that is recognised and sanctioned by the FIM.  Whilst the AMA Motocross and Supercross Championships are successful domestic Championships in their respective own rights, these domestic championships do not combine to score points towards any official FIM sanctioned World Championship as this is entirely contrary to the exclusive rights granted to SX Global as the exclusive sanctioned FIM World Supercross Championship promoter.

No other sanctioned world championship exists in the sport of supercross, and no winner of any other competition will be acknowledged as “world champion” by the FIM.

The FIM has selected SX Global as its sole and exclusive world championship partner due in large part to its inclusive global approach, its deep experience in motorsports, and its commitment to creating an elevated supercross experience for riders, teams, fans, brands and broadcast partners.
Reinforcing the position of the World governing body, which is the sole recognised competent authority in motorcycle sport by the International Olympic Committee, FIM President Jorge Viegas stated: “SX Global is the exclusive current right holder for the FIM World Supercross Championship. I look forward to attending the opening round of the 2022 FIM World Supercross Championship in October which will definitely mark the beginning of a thrilling season.”

SX Global’s model for the FIM World Supercross Championship has been designed to promote a diversity of riders, team, and partners to attract and grow fans around the world – underpinned by a global roster of teams and riders and an inclusive, partnership-driven approach of operational and financial advocacy. In total, more than USD$50 million has been designated specifically for team and rider support over the first five (5) years of the FIM World Supercross Championship, ensuring a well-capitalized effort focused on uniting all constituents in pursuit of a global championship and culminating in the crowning of a single, sanctioned world champion.

The opening round of the pilot season of the 2022 FIM World Supercross Championship is set to take place on Saturday 8th October at the iconic Welsh National Stadium, the Principality Stadium in Cardiff, as lead up to a full global championship taking place in 2023.

Details can be found at https://wsxchampionship.com/
 

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FIM Land Speed World Record
Bonneville Motorcycle Speed Trials 2022 cancelled


The FIM, the American Motorcyclist Association and the local organiser regret to announce that the Bonneville Motorcycle Speed Trials 2022, FIM Land Speed World Records and AMA Land Speed Grand Championship is Cancelled.

The assessment team has reviewed current Bonneville Salt Flat conditions by air and on the ground. Unfortunately, all BMST track locations and alternatives are still flooded from the initial storm and multiple subsequent storm systems. There is no possibility that the water will recede, and salt will dry out sufficiently in the week remaining to support track preparations and operations.

“We are all disappointed that we are forced to cancel,” said Event Director/Owner Delvene Reber, “Like you we have spent a year plus preparing for this event and investing in improvements. This year we were implementing racer driven improvements that include new flagging, course line improvements, and other racer driven updates.”

"As a racer,” said Sodium Distortion Racing’s Bill Woods, “it's hard to accept that mother nature called our event but at the end of the day all that hard work will just make next year that much better. I'm especially looking forward to a 2023 with all of the racer-driven improvements"  

"Firstly, on behalf of the FIM I would like to thank everyone involved for their huge efforts to make this edition of this important event happen, especially after all the work that has been done to recognise and deliver the improvements to the course”, concluded Franck Vayssié, FIM Circuit Racing Commission Director, “Collectively we share in the disappointment of having to cancel the event, but fully understand and support the decision. The FIM is already looking forward to returning to the salt next year and pledge our absolute assistance to help make this happen."

 

 
 
 

FIM Rides The World returns for season two

 
 
 

The FIM is delighted to launch season two of their FIM Rides The World series that showcases the commitment and passion of members of the FIM family for motorcycling. Season one broke cover in 2019, with the second coming having been delayed due to the impact and restrictions caused by the COVID pandemic. 

 
 
 
 
 
 

The original concept of the web-series was to bring to life motorcycling from a different perspective, with season one featuring the work of the various FIM Commissions, as each episode focused on a specific discipline. Season two has a shift in emphasis with the new series highlighting the commitment of the six Continental Unions plus the work done at FIM HQ.

Each of the seven, season two episodes shows how riders are supported in their own continent, with particular attention being given to specific topics that are deeply rooted and connected to each of the regions.

Season two kicks off with FIM Africa, with its President Marco Comana narrating a fascinating story about grassroots motorcycling and how the union engages with the younger generation so that they can practice motorcycling with the aim to grow the number of riders within the continent.

Reinforcing the status of this project FIM President Jorge Viegas said: “The work done by the Continental Unions is hugely important to the FIM and to motorcycling in general. Each union is unique due to its geographical location, culture and climate and has its own challenges to overcome. Season two of the FIM Rides The World series is a great way to showcase and appreciate the commitment and energy each union brings to the FIM family. The seven new episodes make for really good viewing and can be enjoyed by the entire global motorcycling community.” 

 
 
 
 
 
 

Isabelle LARIVIERE |FIM Communications Manager | isabelle.lariviere@fim.ch

 
 
 

ABOUT THE FIM (www.fim-moto.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 116 National Federations throughout the world. It is recognised as the sole competent authority in motorcycle sport by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

Among its 70 FIM World Championships the main events are MotoGP, Superbike, Endurance, Motocross, Supercross, Trial, Enduro, Rally-Raid, Speedway and E-Bikes. 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 Board of Directors met at the
Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps (Belgium)

 
 
 

The Board of Directors met at the Hotel de la Source, close to the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps (Belgium) on 2 and 3 June, ahead of the 24H SPA EWC Motos to be held during the weekend.

 
 
 

From left: Peter DOYLE (FIM Oceania President); Martin DE GRAAFF (FIM Europe President); Stephan CARAPIET (FIM Asia President); Robert DINGMAN (FIM North America President); Ignacio VERNEDA (Deputy President); Jorge VIEGAS (FIM President); Françoise EMERY (FIM CEO); Marco COMANA (FIM Africa President); Jacques BOLLE (Vice-President); Håkan LEEMAN (Board Member); Pedro VENTURO Jr (FIM Latin America President); Giovanni COPIOLI (Board Member); Jan STOVICEK (Board Member); and Abdulrahmann AL MANNAI (Board Member) via Zoom © GoodShoot

 
 
 

On this occasion, the Board addressed many topics, in particular the following:

Situation in Ukraine: The Board of Directors expressed its sympathy and solidarity with all those suffering, as a result of the Russian invasion in Ukraine. After having carefully considered the situation, the specificity of motorcycle sport and having given the opportunity to the Motorcycle Federation of Russia (MFR), the Belarusian Federation of Motorcycle Sport (BFMS) and the Federation Motorcycling of Ukraine (FMU) to be heard, the Board confirmed that its decisions taken during its extraordinary meeting on 5 March 2022 will remain in force until further notice. The decisions are:

  • To suspend, for the Motorcycle Federation of Russia (MFR) and the Belarusian Federation of Motorcycle Sport (BFMS), the issuance of FIM licences and the FIM licences already distributed. To suspend the functions of persons from MFR and BFMS acting as FIM Officials and as Commissions members/experts/agents of the FIM. As a result, no Russian and Belarusian riders, teams and officials can take part in any FIM Events and activities. 
    • To suspend the registration of and to cancel all FIM Events such as FIM International Meetings, FIM World Championships and FIM Prize Events taking place in Russia, Belarus and Ukraine and, if applicable, to relocate these FIM Events to another country. 
    • To interrupt any other FIM activities including but not limited to seminars, commissions meetings, training camps taking place in Russia, Belarus and Ukraine. 
    • The Board of Directors unanimously recommends to all Affiliated Members and Continental Unions to apply these measures at the national and continental levels.

Sport: All disciplines were discussed with a focus on the promotion of the FIM EBKGP World Cup/Championship, an electric pedelec discipline. The promotion of the FIM Flat Track World Championship/Cup was also presented. In addition, the definition of the participation of CONU teams in a FIM event as well as that of the vehicles under the aegis of the FIM were also addressed. The Board decided to award the 2023 edition of the FIM International Six Days of Enduro (ISDE) to the CAMOD (Argentina) and the 2024 ISDE to RFME (Spain).

120th anniversary of the FIM: The FIM will celebrate its 120th anniversary in 2024. The Board agreed on several initiatives for this special occasion such as the launch of the Intercontinental Games, a biennial sporting competition with continental teams only, the creation of a new FIM logo, the editing of a FIM book tracing the history of the Federation over the last two decades as a continuation of the book edited for the centenary of the FIM, as well as the inauguration of the new FIM HQ and the creation of the Motorcycle Sport Museum, including a Hall of Fame.

Finance: The Board approved the 2021 audited financial statements that will be submitted to the General Assembly on 2 December 2022 in Rimini (Italy). In addition, the 2022 forecast was presented to the Board.

Sustainability: In the framework of the 2022 FIM Sustainability Week, a proposal to establish a sustainability accreditation programme for circuits was presented to the Board for consideration. The aim of this programme is to help the FIM circuits to assess and improve their environmental and sustainability performance.

Marketing and Digital: Topics such as the creation of a dedicated website for the FIM Long Track World Championship, an update on the 2022 edition of the FIM ISDE, the launch of the 2nd edition of the “FIM Rides the World” video series, social media initiatives as well as the FIM Brand Identity tender were presented to the Board.

Liaison with National Federations/Continental Unions: The Board decided to submit the affiliation of Senegal (FSAM) for approval to the 2022 General Assembly. An update on the National Federations/Continental Unions liaison initiatives and activities was presented. They mainly related to communication, education, mentoring programmes and sharing of best practices amongst FMNs and CONUs.

Amendments to the Codes: The Board approved amendments to the Sporting Code that will be submitted to the 2022 General Assembly for consideration. Several amendments to the Medical Code as well as to the Anti-Doping Codes were also approved by the Board.

International Foundation for Motorcycling (IFM): The Foundation Board will meet on 4 June and will address the following main topics: approval of the 2021 audited financial statements, the 2022 activities and donations as well as the fundraising initiatives.

Commissions: It was reminded to the Board that all Commission Directors’ and Members’ terms of office will expire at the end of this year. The online application system is now open until 30 September. Commission Directors and Members (with the exception of the LJI Director and Members) will be appointed for 2023-2026 by the Board during its meeting to be held on 3 December. The following changes were made to the composition of the FIM Commissions:

• CPM - Member, Mr Craig CAREY-CLINCH (ACU)

The Board further ratified the withdrawal of Mrs Susanne NEUHAUSER (AMF) from the CFM and as CCP referee.

In addition, the CONU Presidents, the Board Committees, the Working Groups and the Departments of the Administration presented their progress reports.

 
 
 
Isabelle LARIVIERE |FIM Communications Manager | isabelle.lariviere@fim.ch
 
 
 
 

ABOUT THE FIM (www.fim-moto.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 116 National Federations throughout the world. It is recognised as the sole competent authority in motorcycle sport by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

Among its 70 FIM World Championships the main events are MotoGP, Superbike, Endurance, Motocross, Supercross, Trial, Enduro, Cross-Country, Speedway and E-Bikes. 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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IFM Board met at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps 

 
 
 

The International Foundation for Motorcycling (IFM) Board met at the Hotel de la Source, close to the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps (Belgium) on 4 June in the framework of the 24H SPA EWC Motos.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Photo caption from right: Jorge VIEGAS (President); Guy MAITRE (Vice President) and Emilie F. WESTBYE (Board Member) via Zoom; Françoise EMERY (Managing Director) and Martin DE GRAAFF (Board Member) © FIM

 
 
 
 
 
 

On this occasion, the Foundation Board addressed many topics, in particular the following:

Situation in Ukraine: The Board expressed its sympathy and solidarity with all those suffering, as a result of the Russian invasion in Ukraine. Faithful to its goal of humanitarian aid to the motorcycling community, the Foundation made a pledge of EUR 10,000 to the Ukrainian Olympic Community and sports movements put in place by the International Olympic Committee. In addition, the IFM called for solidarity with the Ukrainian population and in particular with the motorcycling community of Ukraine and invited the motorcycling community to also bring assistance to the best of their abilities.

Finance: The Board approved the 2021 audited financial statements and activity report that will be submitted to the Swiss Foundation Supervisory Authority. The Foundation Board also acknowledged receipt of firm pledges from donators to contribute to its aims, which are to promote and support the development of motorcycling internationally and the interests of the international motorcycling community. BDO, an international company delivering insurance, tax and financial advisory services, was appointed as external auditor for the 2022 financial statements.

IFM website: The newly developed website of the Foundation is now online www.fim-foundation.com

2022 activities: Discussions related to the activities which will be supported throughout 2022 were held. The Foundation decided to award CHF 25,000 to Two Wheels For Life/Riders for Health, an association providing transport services for healthcare programmes in Africa and mainly in The Gambia, Nigeria, Malawi and Lesotho.

In addition, the Foundation will encourage the participation of women in the 2022 edition of the FIM International Six Days of Enduro (ISDE) by making financial subsidies available to FIM affiliated National Federations (FMNs) registering women riders for this FIM event. The IFM will credit to FMNs EUR 250 per female rider registered to compensate the inscription fee increase.

Furthermore, the IFM remains engaged in and committed to caring for road safety and mobility programmes, education & training, environment protection, promotion of women in sporting structures, social and historical legacy of the FIM and motorcycling activities, in line with its mission.

 
 
 
 
 
 

IFM Contact | info@ifm-moto.ch

ABOUT THE IFM (www.fim-foundation.com)
The International Foundation for Motorcycling provides a continuation and concentration for the work done previously by the FIM – as the governing body for motorcycle sport and the global advocate for motorcycling – in terms of supporting various socially responsible initiatives and programmes around the World. This separate and independent body will allow for a more targeted approach to developing activities that still use sport to support projects connected to mobility, safety, education and training, promotion of women, environment and social responsibility, practice of motorcycling leisure activities, as well as social and historical legacy of the FIM and motorcycling.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 



 

 
 
 

FIM presentation at Estoril WorldSBK round

 
 
 
Having made the first ever presentation of its kind at the opening MotoGP event of the 2019 season, and a similar subsequent presentation at an MXGP round later the same year, now with the worst of the pandemic behind us the FIM President Jorge Viegas was keen to resume this important communication programme at the WorldSBK event at Estoril.
 
 
 

FIM Presentation © PSP/Lukasz Swiderek 

 
 
 
In front of a gathering of international media and in the presence of of Gregorio Lavilla, Dorna WSBK Organization Executive Director and special guests Toprak Razgatlioglu and Jonathan Rea, the FIM President explained that it remains his aim to continue to highlight the role of the FIM to the outside World, and to clearly show how its function is fundamental to the safe and fair running of the championship through the services, support and staff that it provides.
 
Mr Viegas confirmed that the FIM’s mission in WorldSBK is to create the rules together with the WorldSBK Commission and to apply the rules and the relevant sanctions issued by the FIM Stewards panel. The FIM is also in charge of circuit homologation and safety including all medical aspects plus the antidoping programme. The FIM’s remit also covers the training of the officials, including the race director, clerk of the course, the technical and environmental stewards. This important training is conducted through FIM seminars delivered by FIM instructors around the World.
 
The FIM President also acknowledged that approximately two hundred and fifty track marshals are required during a WorldSBK weekend and how big a challenge it is for these people who are volunteers and who dedicate their free time to our sport.
 
Having set out the position of the FIM, the FIM President then invited each member of the FIM staff who were in attendance to present themselves and to explain their role within the WorldSBK structure.
The invited speakers included:
  • Franck VAYSSIE - CCR Director & FIM WorldSBK Appeal Steward in Estoril
  • Simone FOLGORI - FIM WorldSBK Chief Steward (Permanent)
  • Antonio LIMA - FIM WorldSBK Chief Steward (Permanent)
  • Simon MAAS - 2nd FIM WorldSBK Steward (FIM by rota from pools)
  • Arjan van EEKELEN - 3rd FIM WorldSBK Steward (FIM by rota from pools)
  • Tamara MATKO - FIM Safety Officer
  • Ludovic REIGNIER - FIM WorldSBK Technical Director Tech & Safety
  • Scott SMART - FIM WorldSBK Technical Director CTI
  • Monica LAZZAROTTI - FIM WorldSBK Medical Director
  • Isabelle LARIVIERE - FIM Communications Manager
 
 
 
 
 
 
Following the presentations from each member of the FIM staff, the FIM President Jorge Viegas ended by saying: “With conditions within the paddock now back to normal, it felt like the right moment to continue the programme I started back in 2019. To remind you all, my goal is to open the FIM to the outside World and to explain the fundamental role of the FIM and the important part it plays within the championship. Thanks to the close collaboration of all the stakeholders, we are all working hard together to manage and to promote with great success the WorldSBK Championship. Our plan remains to repeat this kind of presentation at the other disciplines too.”
 
Gregorio Lavilla - Dorna WSBK Organization Executive Director added: "The strength of the collaboration between Dorna WSBK Organization and the FIM is instrumental in the success of the MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship, jointly promoting progress in many different fields. Such a presentation is a great opportunity for the public to gain a better understanding of the role of the Federation within the Championship."
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

ABOUT THE FIM (www.fim-moto.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 116 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, Speedway and E-Bikes. 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.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
                              
 
 
 
 
 
 


 

 

 
 
 
 
#GP500: MotoGP™ celebrates
500 Grands Prix racing together
 
 
 

The motorcycle Grand Prix World Championship is the oldest in the world, having begun in 1949. In 1992, the collaboration between the FIM, IRTA, MSMA and Dorna Sports began, ushering in a new era of collaboration and cooperation between all parties – the results of which can be seen every Sunday.
30 years later, as MotoGP™ arrives at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, TX, there is an incredible milestone to celebrate: 500 Grands Prix of #RacingTogether.

 
 
 

Flashback: Celebrating 500 GPs together © Dorna 

 
 
 

With the FIM, IRTA, the MSMA and Dorna working together, progress has been wide-ranging and comprehensive. The Grand Prix Commission, comprising representatives from the FIM, IRTA, MSMA and Dorna, has been a driving force behind creating the sport we enjoy today. Thanks to the evolution in the technical regulations agreed by all parties, the competition has never been better, with the sport showcasing the most level playing field possible across MotoGP™, Moto2™ and Moto3™.

Dorna Sports’ agreements with event promoters also continue to push the sport forward thanks to partners around the world, with MotoGP™ visiting an incredible range of racetracks and fans able to look forward to a full weekend of action at every Grand Prix, both on track and off. This season marks an additional milestone for MotoGP™ too, with 21 Grands Prix on the calendar seeing the Championship visit a record 17 countries in one season. The future is even brighter as new promoters and countries continue registering their interest in bringing the world's fastest motorcycle racing Championship to their shores, with the sport having proven itself an economic, sporting and cultural asset to every region in which we race.

On track, one of the most vital advances of the racing together era has been in safety standards, with all parties working together to make the sport as safe as possible. In addition, the television and media coverage of MotoGP™ pushes boundaries year on year, with broadcasts now reaching nearly half a billion homes. The sport’s commercial reach has also grown exponentially, with MotoGP™ now enjoying a presence across every key global market as an ever-increasing portfolio of commercial partnerships prove testament to the sport’s appeal.

Racing together, every party has a voice in the paddock, working together to create the best possible spectacle and the best possible competition – for every stakeholder and every fan.

Jorge Viegas, FIM President: "The FIM is extremely proud to celebrate 500 GPs of the most exciting sport in the world, and we are especially proud of our partners: Dorna, IRTA and MSMA and obviously not forgetting our National Federations too. We have achieved this success story because we really work together as a very united family. But the important thing is that we continue to work for the riders, as they remain the real stars of the show!"

Herve Poncharal, IRTA President: "The main focus and purpose for IRTA has always been the safety of the riders. Clearly, since we started to work in the new era and now we’re celebrating 500 GPs of racing together, clearly we have established a much more positive atmosphere, and we’ve been listening to each other much more. Most importantly, the decisions regarding the sport, be it calendar, technical rules, circuits, are now discussed in the GPC with a representative from FIM, IRTA, the MSMA and Dorna.

"Now, the big decisions regarding the sport are decided unanimously. The four main bodies are like one, with the same goals and visions and targets for the sport. All the main actors work together and target the same, listening and understanding each other. If the sport is a success, every party wins."

Stefan Pierer, MSMA Chairman: "It is amazing to think that MotoGP has now reached this notable milestone. The innovations and the improvements through this journey so far has only been possible thanks to the work and the vision of the collective group. We cannot forget how fantastic and well received MotoGP is around the world now. It is more popular than ever. Through the MSMA we have the same unity and ambitions and with Dorna Sports, the FIM and IRTA we can piece the puzzle together and keep growing and keep entertaining. The manufacturers all race to win but there is a strong feeling that the millions that follow and enjoy MotoGP are also ‘winning’. We look forward to the next 500." 

Carmelo Ezpeleta, Dorna CEO: "Congratulations to all the people who’ve made it possible to reach this milestone between the FIM, IRTA, MSMA and Dorna. We started in 1992, and it seems like yesterday but the 500 Grands Prix since have been fantastic and I’ve been very lucky to be present at all of them. It’s an incredible achievement, everyone has grown the sport together. The Championship now is much, much better and we’re extremely proud to celebrate 500 Grands Prix.

"The best achievement, in my opinion, has been the improvements in safety. When we began working with IRTA we were looking to try to make the Championship safer, and it’s never enough but we had that as the main goal. The second is to really give MotoGP the chance to expand around the world, which is an important achievement. And then of course, in the last few years, with MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3, now everyone has the chance to race with the same conditions, creating incredible competition in all the classes."

 
 
 
 
 
 

500 IN NUMBERS

During the 500 Grands Prix of this era, there have been 30 complete seasons of competition across six solo motorcycle classes as the 500cc, 250cc and 125cc categories became MotoGP™ (2002), Moto2™ (2010) and Moto3™ (2012). The sport has visited 23 countries, racing at 45 different circuits, and 55 riders from 12 countries have won at least one World Championship. There have been 28 lightweight class Champions, 24 intermediate class Champions and 12 premier class Champions.

Recently retired MotoGP™ Legend Valentino Rossi leads the way with nine Championships in the modern era; one 125cc crown, one 250cc title, the final 500cc Championship and then six MotoGP™ titles. The Italian is followed closely by Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) with eight; one 125cc, one Moto2™ and six MotoGP™.

Mick Doohan’s stunning run of five premier class crowns in a row from 1994 to 1998 makes him the most decorated 500cc Champion of the era and one of the riders with third most titles, equal with Jorge Lorenzo on five. The Spanish soon-to-be MotoGP™ Legend has two 250cc crowns and three MotoGP™ World Championships.

Casey Stoner and Valentino Rossi are the only two riders to have won premier class titles with two different factories during the era.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Isabelle Lariviere |Communications Manager| isabelle.lariviere@fim.ch
 
 
 
 

ABOUT THE FIM (www.fim-moto.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 116 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, Speedway and E-Bikes. 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 announces its decisions in relation to the Russian invasion of Ukraine

The FIM Board of Directors held an extraordinary meeting on 5 March 2022 in relation to the situation in Ukraine. After having carefully considered the International Olympic Committee recommendations and the specificity of our sport, the Board of Directors has unanimously condemned the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Henceforth the following provisional urgent and protective decisions have been taken which are effective immediately and stay in force until further notice:

The FIM Board of Directors unanimously recommends to all Affiliated Members and Continental Unions to apply these measures at the national and continental levels.

The FIM President, Jorge Viegas added: “We stand in sympathy and solidarity with all those suffering, as a result of the Russian invasion in Ukraine, and remain in close contact with our affiliate member in Ukraine (FMU). I would like to thank the FIM Board of Directors members in deciding these measures in the interests of sport and peace. The FIM, together with its promoters and organisers, already acted on this matter and cancelled the FIM competitions scheduled in Russia, Belarus and Ukraine. The decisions announced today are in line with the recommendations and statements made by the International Olympic Committee, adapted to suit our sport. The FIM family is watching the developments in Ukraine with great sadness and hope for a prompt and peaceful resolution.”

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Isabelle LARIVIERE
Communications Manager
FIM - Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme
Route de Suisse 11, 1295 Mies, Switzerland
Tel +41 22 950 95 68 - Mobile +41 79 874 02 93 - Skype lariviere.isabelle
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Happy International Women's Day!

 
 
 

Today 8 March, on International Women´s Day the governing bodies of motor sport FIM and FIA together celebrate the gender equal world with a joint campaign presenting women who have been able to break the bias in motorcycling and motorsport. 

 
 
 
Women Team and official representatives MotoGP Qatar 2022 © PSP/Lukasz Swiderek
 
 
 

Both federations FIM and FIA are committed to this cause for years and have worked hard to promote diversity and inclusion, inspiring, encouraging and helping women to take their place, both on track and off track.

FIM and FIA will carry out other actions together during the year, to further demonstrate that women have their place in motor sports and create opportunities for them in all the field of activities. It is a long-term commitment as there is still a long road ahead but that is crucial not only to our sports, but society as a whole.

FIM Women in Motorcycling Commission Director Nita Korhonen
This year´s IWD Campaign theme is very close to us as motorsport is the perfect arena where to break the bias and demonstrate that any barriers that might have existed in the old days should not prevent anyone to reach for their dreams. Both FIM and FIA are strongly against any kind of discrimination and today we want to show together that any woman who want to join motorcycling or motor sport is more than welcome to do so.

FIA Women in Motorsport Commission President Deborah Mayer
Both FIA and FIM have an important role to play in leading motorsports into a new era of further inclusivity. We must continue to work with determination to create a more visible and more accessible pathway for young females. Talent has absolutely nothing to do with gender and sport which is intended to bring people together should include, not exclude.
I welcome with great pleasure the partnership between FIM and FIA and by joining forces, we will be able to go further in the creation of motor sports centered around inclusivity and opportunities.
It is crucial for me to promote diversity, by showing young women that motor sport can offer them many opportunities in all sectors around the world.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Nita Korhonen |Women in Motorcycling Commission Director| cfm-director@fim.ch
 
 
 
 

ABOUT THE FIM (www.fim-moto.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 116 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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Mohammed Ben Sulayem elected FIA President

Mohammed Ben Sulayem has been elected President of the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) following the FIA Annual General Assembly gathered in Paris today. He received 61,62% of the votes from FIA Member Clubs to Britain’s Graham Stoker’s 36,62% and abstenstions were 1,76%, and will therefore succeed Frenchman Jean Todt, who was President since 2009 and served the maximum three terms possible.
 
Mohammed Ben Sulayem, 60, from United Arab Emirates, President of the Emirates Motorsports Organisation (EMSO) since 2005, was FIA World Motor Sport Council Vice President for Middle East. Former Rally driver, he was 14-time FIA Middle East Rally Champion, winning 61 international events from 1983 to 2002. He campaigned under the banner “FIA for Members”, committing to double motor sport participation worldwide, strengthen diversity and inclusion and be a leading opinion-former on sustainable mobility.
 
Elected for a four-year term, he appointed Carmelo Sanz de Barros as President of the Senate, Robert Reid as Deputy President for Sport and Tim Shearman as Deputy President for Mobility.
 
Mohammed Ben Sulayem, new FIA President, said: "I am very honoured to have been elected FIA President at the conclusion of the Annual General Assembly in Paris today. I thank all the Member Clubs for their esteem and trust. I congratulate Graham for his campaign and his engagement to the Federation. I wish to express my infinite gratitude in the name of the FIA and that of its Members to Jean Todt for all that has been achieved over the past 12 years. I am committed to pursuing the important work and make motor sport and mobility take further steps forward.”
 
Jorge Viegas, FIM President added: "On behalf of the FIM Family, I would like to extend my sincere congratulations to Mohammed Ben Sulayem on his election as President of the FIA. We look forward to continuing and strengthening our relationship with the FIA on the many projects on which we have been working together closely on for many years. I also wish Jean Todt all the best for his future projects."

The Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) is the governing body for world motor sport and the federation of the world’s leading mobility organisations. Founded in 1904, with headquarters in Paris and Geneva, the FIA is a non-profit organisation. It brings together 245 Member Organisations from 146 countries on five continents. Its Member Clubs represent over 80 million road users and their families
 

 
 
 

Motor Bike Expo and the FIM join forces for Media Event

 
 
 

Organiser of one of the largest motorcycle shows of its kind, Motor Bike Expo (MBE) joins the FIM as Media Event Title Sponsor in Monaco. MBE will join the media event held on Saturday afternoon when the Cars Collection of HSH the Prince of Monaco will be unveiled to invited members of the press, VIPs and, of course, the 2020 and 2021 FIM World Champions.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

An event that is well known to the FIM having successfully promoted its ‘We, The Riders’ campaign in association with MBE in 2019, Motor Bike Expo will be held in Verona, Italy from the 13-16 January 2022.

Past MBE events have been critically acclaimed by a number of motorcycling celebrities — indeed it has been described by the legendary MotoGP medic, Doctor Costa, as an event that: “For motorcyclists, Motor Bike Expo is like an enormous toy store,” while industry praise does not come much higher than from Claudio Domenicali. The CEO of Ducati’s support is such that he asked the Bolognese brand’s Style Centre to create something special, just for this event.

Known and respected among the custom bike community for attracting many of the World’s best bike builders and engineers, the show attracts over 170,000 visitors from all over the World annually. With an ethos that brings together a diverse range of brands and encourages its visitors to explore every type of motorcycle, component, accessory, clothing, sport and activity, the FIM welcomes Motor Bike Expo to Monaco.

Francesco Agnoletto - Co-Founder & CEO: "It is a great source of pride to participate in the FIM Awards event. It's great to be among the excellences of motorcycling who are at the same time passionate motorcycle enthusiasts, as are the visitors to Motor Bike Expo. I believe that there is one thing that unites all of us, both the great riders and all the industry insiders: the passion for two wheels and for motorsport in general.
From this event, I hope there will be a restart for normality. A rebirth of the motorcycle world."

Paola Somma - Co-Founder & Head of Marketing and Sales:The FIM Awards is the most important event of the year that passes the baton to Motor Bike Expo. I believe that this partnership is the perfect link between the end of the sporting year and the beginning of the new season which opens right at MBE, where there will be presentations of the new teams, championships, circuits and new series production models... We look forward to seeing you all in Verona and together giving the ‘Start!’ to 2022."

Fabio Muner - FIM Marketing & Digital Director:We are delighted to have Motor Bike Expo (MBE) as the Title Sponsor of this year’s Media Event at the FIM Awards. The opportunity to view the Cars Collection of HSH the Prince of Monaco is certainly going to be a very special moment, and one that is sure to be appreciated by the invited members of the press, VIPs and not forgetting our 2020 and 2021 FIM World Champions.

 
 
 
 
 
 
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Isabelle Larivière|FIM Communications Manager| isabelle.lariviere@fim.ch

 
 
 

ABOUT THE FIM (www.fim-moto.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 115 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, 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.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

2020-2021 FIM Awards - It’s almost time

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

With last year’s awards cancelled due to COVID restrictions Saturday 4 December 2021 will see all the champions from both the 2020 and 2021 seasons take to the stage inside ‘Salle des Etoiles of the Sporting Monte-Carlo in the presence of Albert II, Prince of Monaco.

The glittering European Principality is no stranger to hosting this prestigious occasion and last hosted the FIM Awards back in 2019, which proved to be a successful event. Following a similar format as two years ago, Monaco will again welcome the FIM General Assembly, this being on Friday 3 December.

On the following evening, Saturday 4 December, the many gathered FIM World Champions and Legends from different countries will be present, as their achievements are recognised, applauded and rewarded during what will be a new look ceremony.

Whilst the riders will rightfully take centre stage, equally they will be joined by those individuals and organisations that protect and promote motorcycling activity around the World, and who continue to develop our future champions. The FIM Trophies for Women in Motorcycling, Sustainability and Family will provide the well-deserved recognition for our beyond sport heroes and heroines.

For those not lucky enough to be there in person, you can still enjoy this unique occasion by watching it live on the FIM Facebook page / FIM-AWARDS.COM

 
 
 
 
 

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Please find enclosed the Press Release / A.S.O. announced as the first ever FIM World Rally-Raid Championship promoter

The FIM is proud and delighted to announce that Amaury Sport Organisation, better known as A.S.O, will become the promoter of the FIM Cross Country Rallies World Championship, which will be renamed FIM World Rally-Raid Championship as of 2022. The agreement with the company that is responsible for the Dakar and the Tour de France amongst many other headline events will be for an initial five-year term and marks the first time the series has had an official promoter since its inception in 2003. Over the last decade and half the FIM Cross Country Rallies World Championship has established itself as the premier championship of rally raid.

A.S.O is a company that owns, designs and organises top international ‘non-stadia’ sporting events. Its inhouse team brings with it great experience in event organisation and associated media thanks to delivering almost two hundred and fifty days of competition each year that is spread over ninety event across twenty five countries. A.S.O event portfolio covers sailing, running and golf alongside cycling and motorsports. Amaury Sport Organisation is a subsidiary of the Amaury Group, media and sport group that owns the French newspaper L’Equipe.

Inside this new collaborative framework, the FIM and A.S.O will work together to unify their sporting and technical regulations in order to provide a new level of consistency for competitors across all events whilst respecting its environmental strategy to support climate action, technology and innovation, improve safety and sustainable practices.

Marking the start of this new era, the Dakar as the World’s biggest off-road rally will open the 2022 season. The championship will include categories for RallyGP, Rally2, Rally3, Junior, Women, Veteran Trophies and Quad. The 2022 calendar, along with the championship’s new identity will be revealed during the 2022 Dakar presentation on Sunday 28th November, which will be broadcast live at 11.00hrs on the Dakar and Eurosport.fr platforms.

Speaking about this important partnership Jorge Viegas, FIM President said: “After many years of discussion I am very proud to announce that A.S.O. will today become the promoter of the FIM World Rally-Raid Championship and that the Dakar will be part of the 2022 calendar for the very first time. It is an important milestone for the FIM to welcome such a prestigious event and promoter into the FIM family. A.S.O will take the FIM World Rally-Raid Championship to the next level where it deserves to be. Rendez-vous Sunday!”

Yann Le Moenner, CEO of A.S.O. concluded: “We are particularly happy to join the FIM World Rally-Raid Championship with the Dakar which will kick off the 2022 season next January. I would like to thank the FIM and its President, Jorge Viegas, for the confidence he has shown in us having appointed A.S.O. as promoter of the FIM World Rally-Raid Championship. This Championship represents a great opportunity to develop the discipline, to harmonize the rules and to increase its media coverage. It is also the right time to work together to meet the challenge of the energy transition and further improve the safety of pilots.”

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 Press Release / MotoGP™: racing towards the fuel of the future


2024 will see MotoGP™ move to sustainable fuels, launching a new global era of zero carbon fuels

The FIM Grand Prix World Championship, MotoGP™, is a global platform with the power to lead evolution in both the motorcycle and mobility industries. With a unique position as one of the world's most popular and technologically advanced sports, MotoGP™ is a racing ‘laboratory’ powered by innovation and development.

Global motorcycle sales amount to 60 million units per annum and two-wheeled transportation is a necessity for a huge proportion of the population, with over two billion motorcycles on the world’s roads. In many nations two-wheeled vehicles drive society. As the most sustainable motorised vehicles, two-wheeled transportation has a vital role in the quest for cleaner, safer, and more eco-friendly mobility, with the power to make an incredible contribution to the world’s need to cut carbon emissions, increase sustainability and fight climate change

 
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2022 Provisional calendars revealed

 
 
 

The provisional six-round calendar – featuring nine days of competition – for the 2022 Hertz FIM Trial World Championship has been released.

 
 
 
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Gael Chatagno 2021 FIM TrialE World Cup winner © Pep Segales

A major change is that for the first time in the motorcycle competition world, electric motorcycles will be allowed to compete against two-stroke and four-stroke machines in all classes in a ground-breaking move. Because of this there will be no TrialE Cup.

“For the first time in motorsport, electric motorcycles will be competing with the two and four-stroke motorcycles,” said FIM President Jorge Viegas. “This is really important, specially to prepare the way for trial to participate as a demonstration sport at the European Games planned to take place in Krakow in 2023.”

The series returns to the iconic Twin Ring Motegi circuit, 100 kilometres north of Tokyo, for the first time since 2019. The Japanese TrialGP is anticipated to get the championship under way with two points-scoring days on May 20-22 and will be followed by the Andorran TrialGP high in the Pyrenees at Sant Julia de Loria on June 11-12.

A week later on June 18-19 the world’s elite trial riders will head to Lourdes – back on the calendar for the first time since 2017 – for the French TrialGP before they travel north a fortnight later for the Belgian TrialGP at Comblain au Pont on July 2-3.

Another double-header is planned on July 8-10 for the German TrialGP at Neunkirchen close to the border with France. This will be first time the championship has visited Germany since 2016.

The series then signs off following a summer break with a further two scoring days at Ponte di Legno for the Italian TrialGP on September 16-18.

The premier TrialGP class will be in action alongside Trial2 at all six rounds. TrialGP Women riders will compete in Japan, Belgium, Germany and Italy and Trial2 Women riders will fight it out for the title in Belgium, Germany and Italy.

The Trial125 championship for up-and-coming riders will be contested in Andorra, France, Germany and Italy.

A new addition to the calendar for 2022, the FIM Trial Vintage Trophy will be staged at Monza in Italy on September 23-24 over the same weekend as the Trial des Nations which is scheduled for September 24-25.

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

 
 
 
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 Full calendars HERE

 
 
 
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ABOUT THE FIM (www.fim-moto.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 115 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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Prime Stadium appointed as new
FIM EnduroGP promoter

 
 
 

The FIM is pleased to announce that the Portuguese based company Prime Stadium has been appointed as the new FIM EnduroGP promoter as of next year, with an initial agreement having been reached for a ten-year period running 2022 to 2031 inclusive. This appointment comes after the official tender process was launched in 2019. Whilst this process was completed the FIM have been acting as the promoter during the 2021 season.

 
 
 
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Prime Stadium is a long established, dynamic and evolving sports & events company that is committed to providing superior integrated event management solutions and are perfectly placed through their previous involvement in the sport of Enduro. As well as working on behalf of key manufacturers within the enduro sector, they also have further experience through rider representation and involvement with the FIM International Six Days of Enduro (ISDE) that was hosted in Portugal in 2019. Prime Stadium is also active within tennis, jet-ski, other motor sports plus corporate & social events and team building events too.

The newly appointed promoter will take control of the 2022 series with seven rounds already planned for next year’s FIM EnduroGP World Championship that will get underway in Spain in early May before quickly moving onto Portugal for the second encounter. Three more rounds in Italy, Sweden and Slovakia during June and July will keep the action rolling ahead of the final two events in Hungary and Germany in August and October respectively.

Delighted to be able to share this important news, FIM President - Jorge Viegas said: “Following the call for tenders launched in 2019 and after a year of intense work to continue the development of the FIM Enduro World Championship, the FIM is pleased to announce that Prime Stadium has now been chosen as promoter for the next 10 years. I am confident that together with the new promoter and all stakeholders involved we will closely collaborate to deliver the deserved visibility to the World of Enduro.”

Carla Alvarenga - Prime Stadium Managing Director added: “We are proud and happy to become the FIM EnduroGP promoter until 2031. The FIM has done a great job this year and we will do our best to take the Enduro to the next level and to keep everybody working together to offer a great future for the Enduro discipline.”

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

 
 
 
 
 
                              
 
 
 

ABOUT THE FIM (www.fim-moto.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 115 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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2020-2021 FIM Awards are go
Save the date

 
 
 

The FIM is delighted to confirm that the FIM Awards ceremony will take place on Saturday 4 December 2021 in the Principality of Monaco at the Sporting Monte-Carlo venue. This prestigious occasion will showcase not only the current season’s FIM World Champions, but also the 2020 victors with last year’s ceremony having had to be cancelled due to COVID restrictions.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Monaco hosted the last edition of the FIM Awards back in 2019, which proved to be a highly successful event. Following a similar format as two years ago, the Principality will again welcome the FIM General Assembly, this being on Friday 3 December and will include a full programme during which the representatives from the numerous national federations from around the globe will be asked to vote on several important matters.

Then on the following evening, Saturday 4 December, the FIM World Champions from different countries will take to the stage, as their achievements are recognised, applauded and rewarded during a glittering ceremony.

Suitably pleased to see the return of this important event Jorge Viegas, FIM President said: “Obviously we were hugely disappointed not to be able to celebrate our 2020 FIM World Champions last December due to the pandemic. Therefore, it is great news that we are going to have the opportunity to welcome them to Monaco at the prestigious Sporting Monte-Carlo venue this December along with our 2021 FIM World Champions for what is going to be a very special event.”

Due to the unique circumstances, never will so many motorcycling heroes and heroines be together in one place. Make sure you save the date for what promises to be yet another amazing occasion.

 
 
 
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Isabelle Larivière|FIM Communications Manager| isabelle.lariviere@fim.ch

 
 
 
 

ABOUT THE FIM (www.fim-moto.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 115 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, 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 and Discovery Sports Events announce
10-year Speedway vision from 2022

 
 
 
 

The Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) and Discovery Sports Events have today revealed their vision for the future of Speedway over the next decade. Marking the start of Discovery Sports Events’ new role as global promoter for the sport, the organisations have unveiled a new SGP brand identity to run through the Speedway pyramid and details of new event formats to begin in 2022.

? New Speedway promoter Discovery Sports Events unveils 10-year brand identity, future vision and new innovations to further grow the sport and reach new audiences

? Revamped international Speedway calendar revealed with extended season, more events and the return of the FIM Speedway World Cup for the first time since 2017

? Tony Rickardsson, FIM SGP World Champion and most successful Speedway rider in history, becomes the first SGP Global Ambassador

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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From Left to right: Tony Rickardsson Speedway legend ; Jorge Viegas, FIM President ; François Ribeiro Head of Discovery Sports Events, ; Michal Zaleski, Mayor of Torun. © Good-shoot

 
 
 
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Long-term Vision for Speedway and New SGP Brand Identity
By bringing international Speedway together under one global promoter for the first time, the new vision will build a stronger and more connected international pyramid for the sport - from the grassroots all the way to the pinnacle of Speedway. From 2022, all categories will be unified under the new SGP brand unveiled today including the SGP (FIM Speedway Grand Prix), SGP2 (FIM Speedway U21 World Championship), SGP3 (FIM Speedway U16 World Championship) and a new international entry-level SGP4. The sport’s marquee annual events will complement the series and continue as the reformatted SON (FIM Speedway of Nations) and SWC (FIM Speedway World Cup), returning to the calendar for the first time since 2017.

The move is part of five key priorities under the new vision for Speedway including improving the year-round narrative of the sport with the riders at the heart, raising their profiles internationally; extend the distribution of the sport on both TV and digital platforms; enhance both the at-event and on-screen experience to deepen engagement with fans; widen the global Speedway footprint through new venues, more events and an extended season; and support juniors by connecting the next generation of champions to the sport.

New SGP Event Format and 2022 Calendar Reveal
From 2022, the extended SGP season will include 12 rounds over 2 continents, and will feature 15 permanent riders and 1 local ‘wildcard’ entry per venue. In a significant change to enhance the sport’s narrative and boost the fan experience, the action will be contained in one action-packed day. A format of 20 heats, 2 semi-finals and 1 final will take place during Saturday evening, with practice and qualifying moving from Friday to Saturday afternoon.

The new integrated Speedway calendar from 2022 will see the sport develop a sustained and consistent narrative through the season, as well as each category being able to gain maximise awareness. With the season running from April to November bringing even more thrilling action to fans every year, three SGP2 events will be held (May, July and October), one SGP3 event (August) and a week’s bonanza (July) as fans can enjoy the SON and SWC on a rotation basis, as the summer gets in full flow.

 
 
 
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Following a joint presentation ahead of the 2021 Ewinner Torun FIM Speedway Grand Prix of Poland, the FIM President Jorge Viegas said: “After 20 years with BSI, I would like to take this opportunity to thank them for their professionalism, cooperation and friendship.

“Looking forward, I would like to welcome the new FIM Speedway Grand Prix promoter Discovery Sports Events. This is a long-term believe in a new promoter that presented us a long-term vision to develop this spectacular discipline over the next decade. Speedway has a huge potential to grow not only in terms of attracting a new generation of riders, but particularly in terms of reaching new territories outside of Europe.

“I wish all the best to all the stakeholders who will be part of this new journey and can confirm that the FIM will continue to work hand in hand with the new promoter.”

Head of Discovery Sports Events, François Ribeiro said: “After 20 months of preparations, we are excited to start our promoter journey as part of Discovery Sports Events’ new long-term partnership with FIM. Speedway has great foundations, a super fan base and we see significant growth potential. We won’t change anything to the nature of the sport. Speedway will celebrate its 100-year anniversary in 2023, but is still incredibly modern in its format: compact, spectacular, 100% in-stadium, Saturday evening primetime, something quite unique in motorsport to engage with fans.

“For the first time in its history, Speedway at all levels will have a single international promoter, from grassroots-level up to pro-level. As Dorna and FIM have done remarkably well to build Moto 2 and Moto 3 as the MotoGP feeder, we will bring SGP2 and SGP3 junior championships to the SGP platform to train the best young riders and build a ladder for them up to professional level.

“Discovery Sports Events will benefit from the truly global scale of Discovery Sports to grow Speedway’s global audience across discovery+ which will be become our premium Home of Speedway destination for fans, but also for Eurosport and domestic free-to-air channels owned by Discovery in key Speedway markets such as UK, Sweden, Denmark, Poland, Germany. It is our ambition to grow the sport further and multiply the current SGP global viewership by 5 times within the next 3 years.”  

 
 
 
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Driving Innovation in Speedway.
Ahead of the 2022 season, a wide range of innovations will be unveiled to heighten the experience of fans – both at the venues and watching on-screen – and bring them even closer to the action. Advanced event and television production will see a new setup at races, including:

  • New pit boxes
  • New central stage in the heart of the action
  • New Live TV studio
  • New Fan Zone
  • Advanced SGP App to follow Speedway wherever you are

A New Long-term Partnership
In October 2020, FIM agreed a long-term partnership which will see Discovery Sports Events promote FIM Speedway events globally for the next 10 years. The new agreement begins in 2022 and builds on the existing partnership between the organisations for the promotion of the FIM Endurance World Championship (EWC) since 2015.

In an expanded role following a competitive tender to select a new global promoter, Discovery Sports Events will leverage its long-standing motorsport promotion expertise and the global scale of Discovery to develop the sport and grow Speedway around the world.

It will oversee the full operational and commercial aspects of the sport including multi-platform rights management and distribution, broadcast production, sponsorship rights strategy and the full suite of marketing, brand and promotional activity. It will also work with local organisers on promotion and maximising ticketing, hospitality and fan engagement.

Discovery Sports Events was revealed in September 2021 as the new corporate brand to represent Discovery’s global promotion and events management arm, previously known as the industry renowned Eurosport Events. It has a 15-year heritage of growing some of the most popular motorsports series in the world - including the WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup and PURE ETCR, the world’s first all-electric touring car championship that will upgrade to the FIA eTouring World Cup from 2022. Launching in 2023, it will also promote the ground-breaking FIA Electric GT Championship, a new long-term platform for manufacturers to showcase their flagship GT cars and innovative technologies. As part of Discovery, the promoter will also have the ability to tap into the scale and depth of the group’s worldwide lifestyle platforms, channels and brands to raise the visibility and awareness of the sport to new audiences globally.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Isabelle Larivière|FIM Communications Manager| isabelle.lariviere@fim.ch

 
 
 
 

ABOUT THE FIM (www.fim-moto.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 115 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, 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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Who has what it takes to be
2021 Borilli FIM EnduroGP World Champion?

 
 
 

Who will win the coveted EnduroGP title in 2021? That’s the question everyone wants answering as the 2021 Borilli FIM EnduroGP World Championship fires into life this coming weekend in Marco de Canaveses, Portugal. The first of six, two-day events that will take competitors from Portugal to France via Italy, Estonia, Sweden, and Germany, only when the 12 days of gruelling enduro competition have been completed will we know if anyone has been able to dethrone defending champion Steve Holcombe (Beta). 

 
 
 
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Recognising the champion of champions, the EnduroGP World Championship title will again be awarded to the season’s best performing rider, irrespective of their class or bike capacity. While for many, simply winning an Enduro1, Enduro2, or Enduro3 title would signify a hugely successful year, for the best-of-the-best it’s all about EnduroGP World Championship glory!

Steve Holcombe (Beta) was the rider who emerged victorious as the 2020 EnduroGP World Champion, at the end of a dramatic final round. Switching to a four-stroke after countless successful world championship campaigns on two-stroke machinery, Steve came out swinging and topped both days of the opening round in France. Going 2-1 at round two in Italy, Steve held firm as EnduroGP series leader as the championship entered its final two-event run in Marco de Canaveses, Portugal.

The penultimate round of the 2020 series saw Steve finish with a win on day one and in third overall on day two, setting things up for a thrilling final round. Wrapping up the Enduro2 World Championship at the end of day one, in finishing second in EnduroGP on the final day of the series, the Brit struck gold, earning himself a seventh Enduro World Championship title.

Starting 2021 in great form, Holcombe, who will also compete in the Enduro2 class, will face a number of EnduroGP title challengers, most notably Josep Garcia (KTM), team-mate Brad Freeman (Beta), Wil Ruprecht (TM) and Andrea Verona (GASGAS). With Thomas Oldrati (Honda) and McCanney brothers Danny (Sherco) and Jamie (Husqvarna) also focused on success, competition is set to be fierce.

 
 
 
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 Andrea Verona will make his debut for GASGAS this weekend © Future 7 Media

 
 
 

2021 sees both Josep Garcia and KTM return to the EnduroGP World Championship. Competing in the final two rounds of the 2020 series, and signing off with a win on the final day in Portugal, Garcia is hungry to win and re-establish himself as enduro’s number one rider in 2021.

Another rider looking only at the top step of the EnduroGP podium is Brad Freeman (Beta) – the 2019 class winner. Leading the two-stroke charge and favourite to win in Enduro3, in taking on Enduro2 class rivals Holcombe and Garcia, the Brit will be hoping to deliver his very best form over the 12 days of competition.

Producing impressive results in the Italian Enduro Championship and having gained valuable world championship experience in recent years, Wil Ruprecht (TM) has shown that he too has what it takes to win in 2021. Competing in Enduro2 alongside Holcombe and Garcia, the Australian will lead TM’s title hunt as he goes after EnduroGP top honours.

The third category champion of 2020 alongside Holcombe (Enduro2) and Freeman (Enduro3), Andrea Verona (GASGAS) will uphold Enduro1 honours in the EnduroGP title fight as he looks to challenge for the coveted overall title while defending his E1 crown. From Enduro Youth to Enduro Junior to Enduro1 champion in recent seasons, Verona’s next target is to challenge for EnduroGP honours.

In the Enduro Women class, most expect a thrilling three-way battle to decide who will ultimately walk away with the title. Up first is two-time defending champion Jane Daniels (Fantic). The rider to beat in 2019 and 2020, Jane is fired-up and looking to secure a hat-trick of wins.

Ready to improve on her third-place results in both the 2019 and 2020 Enduro Women’s World Championship, Mireia Badia (GASGAS) will be gunning for Jane Daniels’ title while also having to fend off former multi-time champion Laia Sanz (GASGAS), who returns to the series after many years of absence. Together, the Spanish duo will provide fierce competition for the Brit with a probable Daniels verses Sanz title fight expected to dominate the headlines in 2021.

Set to welcome riders back to competition, the GP of Portugal will see riders return to Marco de Canaveses, the very place that saw the 2020 Borilli FIM EnduroGP World Championship draw to a very wet, yet thrilling, conclusion.

Expected to be a lot hotter this time around, rain could again be the order of the weekend, ensuring two tough days of competition. Set to be a true, old-fashioned style race, the GP will feature three laps per day with four special tests – Super Test, Cross Test, Extreme Test and Enduro Test – ridden on each of the three laps.

 
 
 
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Stay tuned to www.enduroGP.com throughout the weekend for championship updates and live results,
and to @enduro_gp on Instagram for event story content.

 
 
 
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2021 Borilli FIM EnduroGP World Championship calendar
  • Round 1: GP Portugal - Marco de Canaveses, June 18-20
  • Round 2: GP Italy - Edolo, June 25-27
  • Round 3: GP Estonia - Saaremaa, July 16-18
  • Round 4: GP Sweden - Skövde, July 22-24
  • Round 5: GP Germany - Zschopau, October 8-10
  • Round 6: GP France - Langeac, October 15-17
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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New Zealand MX GP 2021, Celebrating 60 years of MX at Woodville organised by Manawatu-Orion Motorcycle Club.

 

                              

The fun side show supporting the NZ MX GP at Woodville

  

Commemorating 60 Years of MX at Woodville venue, a display of bikes through the years.

 

             
 
 
 
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The FIM Family pays tribute to Joel Robert

 
 

Belgian motocross legend Joel Robert sadly passed away today in Belgium.

 
 
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Joel Robert was for many years the most successful rider in the history of the FIM Motocross World Championship, with no fewer than six 250cc titles and fifty Grand Prix victories to his name. The Belgian won his first title as a privateer at the age of just twenty back in 1964 and was awarded with the “Trophée National du Mérite Sportif” in his home country. He finished runner-up the next three years before claiming five straight championships from 1968 to 1972. He was also part of the Belgian team that won the 1969 FIM Motocross des Nations and the 1969 and 1970 Trophée des Nations.

Joel Robert, recognised as one of the most naturally talented riders in the history of the sport, was instrumental in the success of the motocross in the USA, inspiring young American racers and winning seven Trans Am Nationals during the 1970 and 1971 seasons.  After his retirement from racing he was inducted into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame.

He was at the origin of the “Coupe de l’Avenir” and the “12 Heures de la Chinelle” events in Belgium and later acted as team manager for the Belgian team for the FIM Motocross of Nations with victories in 1997 and 1998.

The FIM Family extends its sincere condolences to Joel Robert's family, friends, to the Belgium Motorcycling Federation and those fortunate enough to have known him. Joel will be sorely missed.

 
 
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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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WE SMASHED IT! WORLD CHAMPION
 
 

“This is awesome! Winning two Championships in a row is magic! Last year I learned a lot and I'm really happy with my consistency and results this year! In fact, that consistency was my strong point this season. I know I'm fast but others can be faster than me depending on the terrain… "

The weekend in Portugal was brutal.  I'm comfortable riding in the mud and rain, but that didn't make conditions easy.  I found my flow early on and just rode my own race.
 
Behind every win there is a dedicated, hard working team that is just
as important as the guy on the bike.  Big thanks to CH Racing, these guys are an incredible team, passionate as only Italians can be; Sherco Factory Racing, the bike was flawless again; the family and friends that continue to support me and encourage me.  Thank you to you all.

Time to head home and face that two weeks isolation!

Thanks to all, Hamish Macdonald #76
 
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This year has gone so fast - I've got a few weeks break after 8 weeks of non stop racing, so time to recharge the batteries and update you all on my progress.
 
We all know what happened early on in the year - a bit of a hiccup with Covid - changing the plans for everyone this season.  The season didn't get underway so I skipped and jumped from Covid hotspots until I returned home for lockdown!  Wrapped to have been in NZ to compete in the National Championship and take the overall win before heading back overseas when racing resumed. Things are pretty relaxed in Europe apart from wearing a mask and following social distancing rules.
Once the borders reopened and racing rescheduled I was on a plane and back to England.  The team had a race bike in England and I was straight into the final British Sprint Championship rounds managing 3 of the 4 outright wins and taking the E2 British Sprint Title.  
To change things up a bit and push the fitness I took on the big boys Graeme Jarvis and Billy Bolt in the British Extreme Championship round,  a bit of fun and  was happy to jump on the podium with them.
 
The German Sherco dealer had organised my entry into the German Enduro Championship earlier on in the year.  This was orginally 11 rounds but has been reduced to 7 rounds.

I was unsure where I would fit into the German Championship as a lot of the tests are MX/Cross style, suiting the German MX Champions.  The Europeans are known for their skills in the sand, which is physically demanding and I haven't ridden of lot of that in NZ so was wrapped to finish ahead of them, even in the sand .  So far top podium.  The last two days are at Woltersdorf, in the same area at the German GP a couple of  years ago and that was a great ride, so looking forward to that.

 
Round 1 and 2 in the French World Enduro GP were brutal.   The first day was bone dry hard packed tracks, I just had to be smooth and hit the line. Unfortunately I had a crash and lost some time giving me P2 to my Sherco team mate.  It rained that evening and Day 2 was perfect, pushed hard but my team mate got me!  We were both throwing down times that were right up there with the GP riders.

Italy the following weekend was wet, it had rained all week and my riding suits those conditions.  The enduro test was 11 minutes long and was exceptional.  The Extreme test was demanding and had a steep uphill that caught riders out, including me!  I had to ghost my bike up that bit and lot 40 secs to my team mate,  I had to be happy with P2
Day 2 - no mistakes  P1 and first Junior Win! 
The standings after 4 rounds have me 4 points behind the leader, and with the shortened season all rounds count in this Championship and it is still within reach!
The wrap up of  the German Championship is on 31st October/1st November then straight into the last 2 rounds (4 days) of the World Enduro GP in Portugal.
Will keep you updated.
See you on the track - Hammymac #76
 
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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 

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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 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.

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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.
 

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 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.”

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 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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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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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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