The FIM has great pleasure in presenting this Gala Ceremony that celebrates all the FIM World Champions from the various disciplines of motorcycle sport and which showcases the diverse and incredible achievements of the riders and their respective machines.
At the end of the year, the time came for us to reward our World Champions. These Champions really deserve a first-rate ceremony to receive their medals and trophies and the FIM put in a lot of effort in order to stage an event corresponding to a level that the motorcycling sport deserves. In fact, the improvement in our sport has been remarkable in recent years in all disciplines: Road Racing, Motocross, Trial, Enduro and Track Racing have all undergone a significant growth, especially in terms of TV and media coverage which has increased enormously. Some of these disciplines are today among the major sports in the world. As FIM President, it was a great honour for me to welcome all the people present at the FIM Gala Ceremony.
For this reason, there is nothing more important than greeting the people who are the most important in the sport and acknowledging the place they have earned with their achievements. The riders are the real actors of our sport. These sportsmen and sportswomen who have attained such a high level deserve our deep thanks and respect and should be rewarded for their extraordinary and fantastic performances. In fact, no world title is easy to conquer, not even for athletes who dominate their discipline as some riders have been doing recently. No title is ever won beforehand. We are also dedicating significant support to the women whose presence in motorcycle sport is having more and more impact, especially in off-road disciplines (Motocross, Trial, Enduro and Cross-country Rallies) not forgetting Road Racing and World Record attempts.
The FIM Gala Ceremony held at the Estoril Casino, Portugal, last December was a great success. All in all 2010 was a great season and one that deserves to be remembered .