The FIM (Federation Internationale de Motocyclisme) Awards, held last night (1 December) in Monaco, have been declared “a huge success for the almost 600 guests who packed into the beautiful Sporting Monte-Carlo venue”.
In front of an audience including representatives from the 111 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 rewarded for their 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 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 among the 2019 FIM world champions, the aforementioned two circuit racing heroes 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.
Fifteen-year-old Jesper Knudsen from Denmark, winner of the FIM Speedway Youth World Championship and Italy’s 14-year-old Valerio Lata, who secured the FIM 85cc Junior Motocross World Championship, were the youngest two riders in attendance this evening. While Bradley Freeman – FIM EnduroGP and E1 world champion – and Toni Bou – FIM TrialGP and FIM X-Trial world champion – both collected two gold medals.
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, while it was Motorcycle Clothing Assessment Program – Australasia which collected the FIM Road Safety Award. The highly competitive FIM Women in Motorcycling Award, which received eight nominations this year, eventually went to MissBiker – Italy. Finally, the FIM Award for the Future was won by Hobby Sport – Primi Passi FMI – Italy.
The awards were presented by motorcycling legends including Max Biaggi; Joël Robert; Juha Salminen; Carmelo Ezpeleta; Rob Rasor; and Guy Maitre, who were all recognised for their own contributions.
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.”