The 'Federação de Motociclismo of Portugal' which celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2010, had the pleasure of presenting the Medal of Merit motorcycles to Mr. Carmelo Ezpeleta during the second European round of the 2011 FIM MotoGP World Championship in Estoril. The Portuguese Motorcycling Federation wishes to thank the key international leaders for their support in organizing successful motorcycle events in Portugal.
Jorge Viegas, ‘Federação de Motociclismo de Portugal’ President said:" Our Federation and the Estoril Circuit are indebted to Carmelo Ezpeleta, who has helped and supported us since 1999. He has greatly contributed to the success of our MotoGP events in Portugal. On behalf of 'Federação de Motociclismo de Portugal', I am proud and pleased to present the Medal of Motorcyclist Merit to Carmelo Ezpeleta for his support throughout these years. To give him this award here in Estoril is also symbolic, as it was with a round of the FIM World Road Racing Championship here that we reopened this circuit in 2000".
Carmelo Ezpeleta, Dorna Sports SL CEO, said: "It's a great honour to receive this prestigious medal of merit from the Federação de Motociclismo de Portugal. Working alongside the Federação has been instrumental in making the Portuguese Grand Prix a great success, with crowd figures continually increasing since the first edition of the event. The 20th anniversary of the FMP is the perfect opportunity to highlight the excellent work done in Estoril - the circuit has provided some great action to all MotoGP fans. I’m thrilled with this award and look forward to another successful race this weekend."