“It is again that time of year when the season has come to a close and we can now take the opportunity to reflect and applaud our many Champions in a way that they so richly deserve. This will be the third edition of the FIM Gala Ceremony and will give us the perfect moment to offer all our Champions our warm congratulations and to present them with their medals not only in front of a large live audience, but also in front of millions of TV viewers around the globe.
Each weekend throughout the year our Champions take our sports to new levels and push both themselves and their motorcycles, irrespective of the discipline, to new limits. In their personal pursuit to become the very best of the best and to put themselves at the pinnacle of their chosen discipline, they provide their fans and followers with some of the best modern sporting action. This in turn is conveyed to the masses by some equally incredible TV and media coverage that has now put motorcycle sport amongst the major sports in the world.
Our Champions represent a great mix of experience and emerging talent that compete alongside each other in a battle where dedication and motivation nulls any difference in age. We have the Champions who are enjoying their first title, and the first of many we hope, alongside the more established Champions who have become dominant in their discipline. Without exception we are here to recognise their wonderful achievements.
This occasion would now not be complete without a special mention for our Women’s champions who continue to astound us with their pure commitment to fulfilling their own ambitions within the tough and often demanding world of motorcycle sport. Many riders, both male and female, have followed this route over the years, and it is this same rich history that has defined the Legends of our sport too, some of whom join us again at this year’s celebration.
In terms of history and heritage, Monte-Carlo remains an absolute Mecca for motorsport, so it gives me great pleasure on behalf the FIM to welcome all the FIM Champions and to thank them for their outstanding contribution in playing their part in keeping motorcycle sport known the world over. Finally I would like to thank everyone who has been involved in the organisation of what I hope will be another hugely successful occasion.”
Vito Ippolito | FIM President