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Special issue The FIM has great pleasure in bringing you this special issue magazine that celebrates all the 2011 FIM World Champions and showcases some of the outstanding achievements – and the amazing machines - that earned them their titles in all the disciplines that make up our sport. Not just Road Racing but Motocross, Trial, Enduro and Track Racing are now hugely popular in many countries and our Champions are truly international stars. These superbly talented men and women who have reached the pinnacle of their disciplines deserve our heartfelt thanks and our respect. They are the true protagonists of our sport and should be rewarded for their breathtaking and courageous performances. No world title is easy to conquer, not even for athletes who dominate their disciplines as some riders have done in recent seasons. Every season brings new challenges, and no title can ever be taken for granted. Many still see motorcycling as a predominantly male bastion, but we are now devoting significant resources to supporting women in motorcycle sport. They are increasingly making their presence felt, especially in off-road disciplines (Motocross, Trial, Enduro and Rallies), and their performances are attracting new fans to the sport. The vast majority of our 2011 FIM World Champions joined us towards the end of the year for the second FIM Gala Award Ceremony in the Casino in Estoril (Portugal), where I had the honour of greeting them in person. The live TV coverage given to the Ceremony around the globe will undoubtedly further enhance the huge popularity enjoyed by these heroes – and heroines - and our sport as a whole, with its millions of fans of both genders and all ages. Vito Ippolito FIM President

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THE BEST OF 2011 THE FIRST PART OF THIS SPECIAL EDITION SHOWCASES THE HIGHEST LEVEL OF MOTORCYCLE SPORT AND THE HEROES WHO PUT THEIR BODIES ON THE LINE EACH SEASON IN ORDER TO  WIN  THE GOLD MEDAL IN THEIR CHOSEN C ATEGORY AND TO ENTERTAIN THE MILLIONS  OF  FANS  AROUND THE WORLD WHO FOLLOW THEIR EXPLOITS EACH WEEK. LET’S START WITH A PRESENTATION OF THE 2011 FIM WORLD CHAMPIONS FROM THE VARIOUS DISCIPLINES OF MOTORCYCLE SPORT FROM MOTOGP, SUPERBIKE, ENDURANCE, MOTOCROSS, SUPERCROSS, TRIAL, TO ENDURO, CROSS-COUNTRY RALLIES AND SPEEDWAY.

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ROAD RACING Casey Stoner

FIM MotoGP Grand Prix World Champion

Stefan Bradl

FIM Moto2 Grand Prix World Champion

Nicolรกs Terol

FIM 125cc Grand Prix World Champion

Lorenzo Baldassari

Red Bull FIM MotoGP Rookies Cup winner

Carlos Checa

FIM Superbike World Champion

Chaz Davies

FIM Supersport World Champion

Davide Giugliano

FIM Superstock 1000cc Cup Winner

Suzuki Endurance Racing Team Qtel FIM Endurance World Champion

Motors Events Bodyguard AMT Qtel FIM Endurance World Cup winner

Pekka Paivarinta & Adolf Hanni FIM Sidecar World Champions

Matthias Himmelmann

FIM e-Power International Championship winner

Richard Assen

FIM Overall Landspeed World Record holder

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Casey Stoner

FIM MotoGP Grand Prix World Champion Born on 16 October 1985 in Queensland, Australia First GP: 2001 British GP (125cc) First GP victory: 2003 Valencia GP (125cc) FIM World Championship Titles: 2 (MotoGP 2007 & 2011)

Stefan Bradl

FIM Moto2 Grand Prix World Champion Born on 29 November 1989 in Augsburg, Germany First GP: 2005 Catalunya (125cc) First GP Victory: 2008 Brno Czech Republic GP (125cc) FIM World Championship Title: 1 (Moto2 2011)

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Nicolรกs Terol

FIM 125cc Grand Prix World Champion Born on 27 September 1988 in Alcoy, Spain First GP: 2004 (125cc) First GP Victory: 2008 Indianapolis GP, USA (125cc) FIM World Championship Title: 1 (125cc 2011)

Lorenzo Baldassari

Red Bull FIM MotoGP Rookies Cup winner Born on 6 November 1996 in San Severino Marche, Italy First Race: 2004 (Italian Minibike Championship) First Rookies Cup Victory: 2011 Silverstone, England FIM Cup Title: 1 (Rookies Cup 2011)

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Carlos Checa

FIM SUPERBIKE WORLD CHAMPION Born on 15 October 1972 in Barcelona, Spain First GP: 2004 Valencia GP, Spain (125cc) First victory: 2003 Indianapolis GP, USA (125cc) FIM World Championship Title: 1 (Superbike 2011)

Chaz Davies

FIM SUPERSPORT WORLD CHAMPION Born on 10 February 1987 in Knighton, United Kingdom First GP: 2002 (125cc) First Victory: 2011 Assen, The Netherlands (Supersport) FIM World Championship Title: 1 (Supersport 2011) 10

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FIM SUPERSPORT 1000cc CUP WINNER Born on 28 October 1989 in Roma, Italy First Race: 2005 (Stock 600) First Victory:  2011 Assen, The Netherlands (Superstock 1000cc) FIM World CupTitle: 1 (Superstock 1000cc 2011)

Suzuki Endurance Racing Team

QTEL FIM ENDURANCE WORLD CHAMPION Team manager: Dominique Méliand (FRA) Permanent Riders: Delhalle Anthony; Philippe Vincent; Foray Freddy; Sakai Daisaku Motorcycle: Suzuki GSX - R1000 FIM Endurance World Champion:  2011, 2010, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 1999, 1997, 1988, 1987 & 1983 FIM Endurance World Cup Winner: 2001 (EWC) F I M MAG AZ I NE .8 1 / / / THE BEST O F 2011 11

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Qtel FIM Endurance World Cup winner

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Matthias Himmelmann

FIM e-Power International Championship winner Born on 7 April 1970 in Kassel, Germany 2001: Matthias participated in the International German Championship. After a severe crash in 2002 his career seemed to have come to an end. However, in 2010 he responded to the call of MUENCH’s Head of Development Thomas Schuricht and has been working on the steady improvement of MUENCH e-bikes ever since. First e-Power Race: 2010 Laguna Seca (USA) FIM e-Power victory: 2010 Magny-Cours (FRA)

Richard Assen FIM Overall Landspeed World Record holder

Born on 18 May 1965 in Tauranga, New Zealand 2006: As a passionate motorcycle rider, Richard Assen got addicted to landspeed record attempts when he saw some riders running flat out on the salt bed of Lake Gairdner, Australia. The Burt Munro movie confirmed Richards’ addiction and with his mate, Jason Swan, the two Kiwi’s y started a 5 year project. Naturally, a visit to Bonneville, the holy ground for land speed records, was required. 2011: Richard is now the fastest man, riding a conventional motorcycle at just over 420.663 km/h!

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WHAT WAS THE BEST MOMENT OF YOUR SEASON / CAREER? Carlos Checa: To be honest, the whole season has been great for me and it has been full of good moments, since we started winning. There have been tougher moments but they were also good for me. The best moment of my career would also be this season, because I was able to close a circle in terms of the experience, the learning process. It is also the moment that enabled me to have a team and a bike that have allowed me to achieve this Title. It is my first World Title, so it is an easy question for me to answer (laughs). Richard Assen: It was this year in September, when we were trying for the Landspeed record again. I believe it was on day three. We managed to go really fast on the down-run, well over the World record, and on the return-run we beat it again by 8mph. We had been waiting for some time for the wind to be right, so five years of trying came down to one single moment in time. It was a dream come true. WHAT WAS THE WORST MOMENT OF YOUR SEASON / CAREER? Carlos Checa: The worst moment of the season would be the one in Aragon, where I suffered the only crash of the season, but I would not describe it as a really bad moment for me. It was just not a really good race. It was just a race with a crash, which is never good. But in a way, it helped us to plan the following races, so it was also a positive thing for my learning process. It was not good for the points standings, but it was really irrelevant in the end. I always try to get something positive out of all the negative moments I have, so for me they are all part of my learning process. But maybe the accident I had in England in 1998 was the toughest moment, as I was seriously injured. Richard Assen: Probably last year when our sponsor ran out of money and my buddies and I had to fund it ourselves. Taking the bike from Australia to the US every year is expensive. And especially last year, when we knew we had the speed but a lot of things went wrong and we had to go back home. That was a big down moment for us.

Carlos Checa FIM Superbike World Champion

WHO WAS YOUR TOUGHEST RIVAL AND WHY? Carlos Checa: Melandri was second in the Championship, but the toughest rider for me was Biaggi, because he was the former World Champion. He is a very consistent rider and very difficult to beat, and we had a very intense fight during most of the season, but then he suffered an injury in Germany which made him miss two races. But if it had not been for that injury, we would have been fighting for the World Title until the very end. Richard Assen: I think that our toughest rival would be John Noonan, the American rider, who had been holding on to the record since 2005. He is very competitive, but we managed to put a 9mph margin over his speed to come home victorious.

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WHICH RIDER IN ANOTHER DISCIPLINE DO YOU FOLLOW / RESPECT THE MOST? Carlos Checa: Apart from road racing, I  like Trial. I  have a very good relationship with Toni Bou and Adam Raga. And rallies. We are very good friends with Marc Coma. I  follow all the motorcycling disciplines. I am an enthusiast about the sport and bikes in general. I  have had a personal and professional relationship with Wayne Rainey, and he is one of the riders I  respect the most, but my benchmark has always been the greatest riders in the motorcycle history. I always try focus on those riders and see what they do to win, and then you try to identify those things that you don’t do in order to improve your performance. Richard Assen: I was always a big fan of Carl Fogarty as I spent a lot of time living in the UK and it was great to watch him racing live. He was a very committed rider who wouldn’t take any prisoners! His riding style was legendary so I consider him an inspiration. IS THERE ANOTHER TYPE OF MOTORCYCLE SPORT YOU WOULD LIKE TO TRY? Carlos Checa: I like Trial a lot and I practise it in winter time, and also rallies. Last year I went into the desert with Marc Coma and he let me try his bike. It was a beautiful experience, but I don’t know if I could ever take part in a rally. Richard Assen: No, because I haven’t finished with this one yet! We can still go on to reach the 500km/h mark...

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Stefan Bradl: The whole season was unbelievable. I wasn’t expecting to win it at the beginning but I think that winning in Silverstone in the wet with a big lead was the best moment of the season. Winning the title is obviously the best moment in my career. Päivärinta: I  had many happy moments but I  think winning the FIM Sidecar World Championship for two years in a row now and winning the title for the first time in 2008 were the best so far. Hänni: The best moment of this season was winning the World Championship of course, and the best of my career has to be the first time I won the title.

WHAT WAS THE WORST MOMENT OF YOUR SEASON / CAREER? Stefan Bradl: In Assen the conditions were very bad and I crashed owing to a stupid mistake when I was in fifth or sixth place. That was the worst moment this year. Päivärinta: Not winning the Championship in 2009. We had a bad time that year... Hänni: The worst moment of my career was a severe race crash I had in Brno, in 1983.

Bradl Päivärinta &Hänni

WHO WAS YOUR TOUGHEST RIVAL AND WHY? Stefan Bradl: Marco Marquez. At the beginning he made some mistakes but when he found his ideal set-up and rhythm after four or five races, he got very fast on the bike and also in his thinking. We had some good fights. Päivärinta: Most of the English riders… they’re hard to beat! They’re always out there fighting for the title. Hänni: The Brits! Only after we beat them do we know we have a chance to win...

WHICH RIDER IN ANOTHER DISCIPLINE DO YOU FOLLOW / RESPECT THE MOST? Stefan Bradl: I tried to follow other disciplines but I didn’t have much time during the season to focus on one specific rider. Maybe Marco Melandri on the Superbikes. I kept an eye on his results this year.

Stefan Bradl FIM Moto2 Grand Prix World Champion

Päivärinta: Most of the English riders… they’re hard to beat! They’re always out there fighting for the title. Hänni: The Brits! Only after we beat them do we know we have a chance to win...

IS THERE ANOTHER TYPE OF MOTORCYCLE SPORT YOU WOULD LIKE TO TRY? Stefan Bradl: I’m riding a little bit of Motocross and I would like to do a full MX1 or MX2 race, but only after I finish my career…

Pekka Päivärinta FIM Sidecar World Champion

Päivärinta: I  don’t know… I  already tried Motocross, Speedway, Ice Racing, both solo and sidecar. I don’t know what to try now… Hänni: Nothing on two wheels, that’s for sure! I  would like to have a go at the cars now, anything with four wheels!

Adolf Hänni FIM Sidecar World Champion

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MOTOCROSS Antonio Cairoli

FIM MX1 Motocross World Champion

Ken Roczen

FIM MX2 Motocross World Champion

Julien Bill

FIM MX3 Motocross World Champion

Ryan Villopoto

AMA Supercross, an FIM World Champion

Stephanie Laier

FIM Women’s Motocross World Champion

Daniël Willemsen & Sven Verbrugge

FIM Sidecar Motocross World Champions

Pascal Bal

FIM Veteran Motocross World Cup Winner

Joseph Savatgy

FIM 125cc Junior Motocross World Champion

Pauls Jonass

FIM 85cc Junior Motocross World Champion

Jorge Prado García

FIM 65cc Junior Motocross World Champion

Adrien Chareyre

FIM SuperMoto S1 World Champion

Emil Öhman

FIM Snowcross World Champion

Javier Villegas 

FIM FreeStyle World Champion

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Antonio Cairoli

FIM MX1 Motocross World Champion Born on 23 September 1985 in Patti, Italy First GP: 2002 MXGP of Belgium (125cc) First GP win: 2004 MXGP of Wallonie, Namur (MX2) FIM World Championship Titles: 5 (3 MX1, 2 MX2)

Ken Roczen

FIM MX2 Motocross World Champion Born on 29 April 1994 in Mattstedt, Germany First GP raced: 2009 MAXGP of Portugal, Agueda First GP win: 2009 MXGP of Germany, Teutschenthal (MX2) FIM World Championship Titles: 2 (1 MX2, 1 Junior 85cc)

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Julien Bill

FIM MX3 Motocross World Champion Born on 2 May 1983 in Geneva, Switzerland First FIM World Championship race: 1998 MXGP of France FIM World Championship Title: 1 (MX3 2011)

RYAN VILLOPOTO

AMA SUPERCROSS, AN FIM WORLD CHAMPION Born on 13 August 1988 in Fortuna (California), USA 2003 FIM 80cc Junior Motocross World Cup Winner 2011 AMA Supercross, FIM World Champion FIM World Championship Title: 1 (2011)

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Stephanie Laier

FIM WOMEN’S MOTOCROSS WORLD CHAMPION Born on 12 August 1985 in Heidelberg, Germany First Race: 1992 2005 FIM Women’s Motocross World Cup winner FIM World Titles: 3 (WMX 2009, 2010 & 2011)

Daniël Willemsen & Sven Verbrugge FIM MOTOCROSS SIDECAR WORLD CHAMPIONS

Driver: Daniel Willemsen: Born on 7 May 1975 in Lochem, Netherlands FIM World Titles: 9 Passenger: Sven Verbrugge: Born on 21 August 1967 in Kasterlee, Belgium FIM World Titles: 3

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Pascal Bal

FIM VETERAN MOTOCROSS WORLD CUP WINNER Born on 19 November 1968 in Ghent Belgium FIM World Cup winner 2011

Joseph Savatgy

FIM 125CC JUNIOR MOTOCROSS WORLD CHAMPION Born on 19 February 1994 in Panorama City, CA, USA 2003 First race, Lake Whitney, Texas, USA FIM World Title: 1 (2011 Junior 125cc)

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Pauls Jonass

FIM 85CC JUNIOR MOTOCROSS WORLD CHAMPION Born on 13 January 1997 in Aizpute, Latvia FIM World Title: 1 (2011 Junior 85cc)

Jorge Prado GarcĂ­a

FIM 65CC JUNIOR MOTOCROSS WORLD CHAMPION Born on 5 January 2001 in Lugo, Spain 2004 First ride on a trials motorcycle 2008 First participation in 50cc Motocross, Regional Champion (Spain) FIM World Title: 1 (2011 Junior 65cc)

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FIM SUPERMOTO S1 WORLD CHAMPION Born on 11 February 1986 in Ales, France First race in the FIM SuperMoto World Championship in Marseille FIM World Titles: 4 (2 S1, 2 S2)

Emil Öhman

FIM SNOWCROSS WORLD CHAMPION Born on 15 April 1986 in Pitea, Sweden FIM World Titles: 2 (2008 & 2011)

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Adrien Chareyre


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Javier Villegas FIM FREESTYLE MOTOCROSS WORLD CHAMPION

Born on 12 August 1983 in Santiago de Chile, Chile FMX since: 2000 FIM World Title: 1 (2011)

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Stephanie Laier: The best moment was actually the first, one and only race with the MX1 guys because the racing was awesome. I got a good race, I felt really strong and the track was awesome, like with every MX1 race. There I  really showed what I  was able to do and I  really rode well. The rest of the of the season was a little bit up and down, because I had to fight not only for the Title, but also with my physical health, and that was really difficult. 2010 was the best moment of my career and also the worst of my career. It was in Fermo, Italy, during the last race of the season, I crashed during the practice session. Actually it was not my fault, I went to the hospital and I was back for the qualifying practice and for the race, and I finally won that race and the World Title. So that moment was very emotional and very hard for me too. Ken Roczen: The best moment of the season was when I  took the World Title in my home country, in Gaildorf. It was a very emotional experience competing there, and I won the Title, so it was something big. There are a couple of moments I would pick out as the best of my career. When I won my first GP in Teutschenthal at 15 and a half years old, when I won the main event of the Supercross in Las Vegas, and of course the win in Gaildorf. Those are the best moments of my career.

Laier &Roczen

WHAT WAS THE WORST MOMENT OF YOUR SEASON / CAREER? Stephanie Laier: The worst moment of the season was in Finland, because I  was feeling in really bad shape. I  threw up just some minutes before the race, so it was a just matter of surviving that race. Ken Roczen: The worst moments were actually three races in Brazil, Portugal and France where we had big crashes. We did not really know what it was, but I think these were the worst moments of the season. I had a very big crash at a start in 2008. It was not really my fault, but luckily I only broke eight ribs and punctured my lung!

Stephanie Laier FIM Women’s Motocross World Champion

WHO WAS YOUR TOUGHEST RIVAL AND WHY? Stephanie Laier: Chiara Fontanesi, as she came through very strong and the rest of the top riders were missing. Ken Roczen: There have been a couple this season. I  would say Tommy Searle and Jeffrey Herlings, but basically Jeffrey. Because of my mistakes he has always been close to the points, so I always had to fight hard to get three points every weekend, which is not much, as we have always been first and second. So Jeffrey has been my toughest rival.

WHICH RIDER IN ANOTHER DISCIPLINE DO YOU FOLLOW / RESPECT THE MOST? Stephanie Laier: For sure, Sebastian Vettel because he lives only half an hour from my home. He is also a Red Bull rider and I have a lot of respect for him.

Ken Roczen FIM MX2 Motocross World Champion

Ken Roczen: To be honest I have only been following Tony Cairoli in MX1. We are team mates and good friends.

IS THERE ANOTHER TYPE OF MOTORCYCLE SPORT YOU WOULD LIKE TO TRY? Stephanie Laier: I would like to ride in a Dakar. Ken Roczen: I don’t really know … I’d like to ride Enduro, ride in the woods and all that, but I haven’t really thought about it seriously yet.

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WHAT WAS THE BEST MOMENT OF YOUR SEASON / CAREER? Jorge Prado García: The best moment of the season was when I won the FIM World Title in Cingoli. I  really liked wining the European Championship in Germany because it was the first time I won both motos, although I had won both heats before, like in Cingoli. So that would be one of the best moments of my career so far. Adrien Chareyre: I  think it was my triple victory in the Andorra Grand Prix. I  won all three heats. And it was the first time I won on the Aprilla, with my new team.

WHAT WAS THE WORST MOMENT OF YOUR SEASON / CAREER? Jorge Prado García: The worst moment of the season and of my career would be during a race in France, where I crashed at the start and could not finish the race. Adrien Chareyre: I  would say there were two bad moments. There was the first Grand Prix, where I had a technical problem in the first heat and didn’t finish, and of course the final, where I had a contact with my brother.

WHO WAS YOUR TOUGHEST RIVAL AND WHY? Jorge Prado García: It was Tamur Talviku because in Cingoli, in the second heat, he was riding just behind me all the time until he crashed, and he had been behind me throughout the whole season as well! Adrien Chareyre: I think this year it’s been my brother. Before, even though we were riding in the same category quite regularly, we were never in competition for the title. But this year we were, and that is harder to manage than with another rider.

WHICH RIDER IN ANOTHER DISCIPLINE DO YOU FOLLOW / RESPECT THE MOST? Jorge Prado García FIM 65cc Junior Motocross World Champion

Jorge Prado García: Adam Raga, Ricky Carmichael, Ken Roczen and Valentino Rossi. Adrien Chareyre: I  am a great fan of motorcycling sport in general, and I  think what Stoner achieved this year was pretty incredible.

IS THERE ANOTHER TYPE OF MOTORCYCLE SPORT YOU WOULD LIKE TO TRY? Jorge Prado García: I would like to ride in MotoGP. Adrien Chareyre: Yes, I do quite a lot of Enduro and quite a lot of speed riding, and I’ve started to have a go at trial. I get a lot of fun out of all the disciplines I take part in. But I have a long way to go before I might think about changing to another discipline and really competing.

Adrien Chareyre FIM SuperMoto S1 World Champion

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TRIAL Toni Bou

SPEA FIM Trial World Champion

Laia Sanz

FIM Women’s Trial World Champion

Jack Sheppard

FIM Junior Trial World Cup Winner

Alfredo Gomez

FIM Youth Trial 125cc World Cup Winner

X-TRIAL Toni Bou

SPEA FIM X-Trial World Champion

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Toni Bou

SPEA FIM TRIAL WORLD CHAMPION Born on 17 October 1986 in Piera (Barcelona), Spain First race: 1999 World Trials debut: 2003 Ireland, Bangor FIM World Titles: 10 (5 x Outdoor – 5 x Indoor)

Laia Sanz

FIM WOMEN’S TRIAL WORLD CHAMPION Born on 11 December 1985 in Barcelona (Catalunya), Spain First trial: 1992 Barcelona, Cadet Class, World Trials debut: 2000 Grand Prix of Spain FIM World Titles: 11

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FIM YOUTH TRIAL 125CC WORLD CUP WINNER Born on 22 July 1993 in Ipswich, United Kingdom FIM World Title: 1

Alfredo Gomez

FIM JUNIOR TRIAL WORLD CUP WINNER Born on 06 August 1989 in Madrid, Spain FIM World Titles: 2 (Youth & Junior)

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SPEA FIM X-TRIAL WORLD CHAMPION Born on 17 October 1986 in Piera (Barcelona), Spain First race: 1999 World Trials debut: 2003 Ireland, Bangor FIM World titles: 10 (5 x Outdoor – 5 x Indoor)

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Laia Sanz: Apart from the moment when I took the World Title, the Dakar this year was a very special experience, because crossing the finish line was not only a professional achievement, it was also a personal challenge. So this is why I would pick the Dakar as the best moment of the season and also of my career. Toni Bou: The best moment of the season was the Barcelona Indoor, I  think. For me it is my home turf, it’s a very important race, and for the World Championship, this was a very important victory for me.

WHAT WAS THE WORST MOMENT OF YOUR SEASON / CAREER? Laia Sanz: To be honest, this season everything has turned out really well, so I cannot complain much, but the worst moment of my career was when I  injured my knee in 2006 or 2007, I don’t really remember. I spent one year and a half recovering and it was really hard to get back to my 100% Toni Bou: It was my first Indoor Wold Championship. It was really bad.

Sanz &Bou

WHO WAS YOUR TOUGHEST RIVAL AND WHY? Laia Sanz: Both Emma Bristow and Rebekah Cook have been the strongest riders this season, but maybe Emma has surprised me the most because she has been the revelation of the season. Toni Bou: I think it’s Adam, Adam Raga. He’s a very good, strong rider. All year he’s pushing to win the races and in the last races he’s shown that he’s a tough man to beat.

WHICH RIDER IN ANOTHER DISCIPLINE DO YOU FOLLOW / RESPECT THE MOST? Laia Sanz: I  follow almost everything, as I  really like pretty much all the motorcycling disciplines. Toni Bou: I would say Taddy Blazusiak. He was a trial rider then he changed his speciality and won the World Championship. I think he’s an incredible rider.

Laia Sanz FIM Women’s Trial World Champion

IS THERE ANOTHER TYPE OF MOTORCYCLE SPORT YOU WOULD LIKE TO TRY? Laia Sanz: I like everything (laughs). As well as the Dakar experience, I am now trying Enduro, and that is something that I am really keen on doing. Toni Bou: I think Enduro Indoor. For trial riders it’s possible to adapt very fast because it’s very similar. I think the conditions in this discipline would be good for me. Toni Bou FIM Trial & X-Trial World Champion

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QUESTIONS

WHAT WAS THE BEST MOMENT OF THE SEASON?


F I M E N V I R O N M E N TA L AWA R D

2011 FIM Environmental Award In order to encourage a greater awareness of environmental concerns within the motorcycling world, the FIM has created fifteen years ago, an Environmental Award to reward a  significant contribution to the protection of the environment.

The 2011 FIM Environmental Award was presented to Motorcycling Australia during the FIM Gala Ceremony.

This Award is given each year and it is granted for rewarding individuals, National Motorcycle Federations, Continental Unions, clubs, organisers, manufacturers or other organisations that have made a significant contribution or done something important to enhance environmental awareness in the field of motorcycling. Candidatures for the Environmental Award are submitted to the FIM Administration by National Motorcycle Federations, Continental Unions, Specialised Associations or Board of Directors and are examined by an independent Jury. The independent Jury is composed of one FIM Member of the Board, the FIM International Environment Commission Director and three independent experts chosen by the Board of Directors. The Environmental Steward is the principal source of nominations for this important award. In the course of carrying out their responsibilities at FIM events, they should be vigilant in looking for examples of quality activities, innovative management of environmental challenges, and Federations or individuals doing an exemplary job. These nominations should be submitted, along with a description of the occurrence qualifying for the Award, to the FIM Administration with the event check-list.

The 2011 FIM Environmental Award was presented during the FIM Gala Ceremony held on 4 December in Estoril, Portugal. After having reviewed the 5 candidatures, the Jury decided to award Motorcycling Australia (MA) for their impressive work on the McAdam Park circuit to promote sustainability. A special mention was also given by the Jury to Federación Catalana de Motociclismo (FCM) for their continuous effort to promote a sustainable motorcycling and for their support to the motorcycling community in the Catalan region.

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Environmental Policy

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LOTS OF RIDERS THINK THEY CAN RIDE ANYWHERE OR THAT THEY ONLY NEED TO GET LANDOWNER' S PERMISSION. BUT THAT IS WRONG !! THEY SHOULD ALWAY S ASK LOCAL AUTHORITIES OR MOTOR CYCLE CLUBS WHERE RIDERS CAN PRACTI CE IN ACCORDANCE WITH LAWS

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Andrés Pérez Rubio This year the award is made to Mr  Andrés Pérez Rubio. It recognises his exceptional contribution to the improvement of road safety for riders over many years. Recently he has come to public attention outside his native Spain for his work with the ROSA project. He worked with the European Union and other project partners. These included in particular the Spanish Directorate General of Traffic, the FIM, the Real Federacion Motociclista Espanola (RFME), the Federaçao de Motociclismo de Portugal (FMP), the research institute CIDAULT and the company DORNA – the FIM’s commercial partner for MotoGP. Selected MotoGP events were used to showcase this work to the public. The ROSA project concluded with an event held in the European Parliament where the results were presented. Prior to this Andrés Pérez Rubio has campaigned for many years to seek improvements in other aspects of road safety. Most notably in respect of road infrastructure. In this he and colleagues from Spain have been the leading advocates for improvements to roadside barriers. In 2007 he commenced work with the REAL AUTOMOVIL CLUB DE ESPANA bringing a new dimension to the work of the RFME.

One of the judges for the FIM Award, Dr Luciana Iorio, chairperson of the Road Safety Forum of the United Nations ECE in Geneva wrote to the FIM: “Andrés Pérez Rubio is the right prominent example of a sport champion with a strong frame of mind and high resilience. He has transformed a personal setback to achieve valuable solutions in road safety for the motor bikers’ world.” Andrés Pérez Rubio was twice Spanish road racing champion in the 500cc class in 1982 and 1985. In addition to his talents as a rider he was also an innovator in racing technology developing a linked braking system which he used on his Yamaha racing motorcycles. This was before this type of technology became as common as it is today on some road motorcycles. In 1993 he suffered a serious road accident in which he lost both hands when he struck a roadside barrier. Showing exceptional fortitude he assisted with the management of the scene of the accident and subsequently surgeons were able to operate and save his hands. Despite continuing disability he is able still to drive and ride his scooter. His enthusiasm for road safety work continues and in 2011 he has also been appointed to the FIM Public Affairs Commission. The FIM extends its thanks to the judges: Dr Luciana Iorio, Chairperson, Road Safety Forum of the United Nations ECE in Geneva; Mr Tim Buche, President of the Motorcycle Safety Foundation USA and Mr Antonio Avenoso, Executive Director of the European Transport Safety Council.

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2011 FIM ROAD SAFETY AWARD


ENDURO Mika Ahola

MAXXIS FIM E3 Enduro World Champion

Antoine Meo

MAXXIS FIM E2 Enduro World Champion

Juha Salminen

MAXXIS FIM E1 Enduro World Champion

Jérémy Joly

FIM Junior Enduro World Champion

Ludivine Puy

FIM Women’s Enduro World Cup winner

Tadeusz Błażusiak

FIM Indoor Enduro World Champion

Jonathan Manzi

MAXXIS FIM Youth Enduro World Cup 125cc 2-stroke

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Mika Ahola

1974

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MAXXIS FIM E3 ENDURO WORLD CHAMPION

Born on 3 December 1974 in Haameenlinna, Finland FIM World Titles: 5 (E2: 2007 & 2010 - E1: 2008 & 2009, E3 2011)

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Antoine Meo

MAXXIS FIM E2 ENDURO WORLD CHAMPION Born on 29 August 1984 in Digne, France FIM World Titles: 2 (E1: 2010 - E1: 2011)

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Juha Salminen

MAXXIS FIM E1 ENDURO WORLD CHAMPION Born on 27 September 1976 in Vantaa, Finland FIM World Titles: 8 (2 125cc 2-str,: 1 250cc 2str, 1 400cc 4str, 1 500cc 4str, 1 E2 & 2 E1) 2010 - E1: 2011)

Jérémy Joly

MAXXIS FIM JUNIOR ENDURO WORLD CHAMPION Born on 21 January 1989, France FIM World Title: 1 (Junior 2011)

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Ludivine Puy

MAXXIS FIM WOMEN’S ENDURO WORLD CUP WINNER Born on 30 June 1983, Saint Germain en Laye, France FIM World Cup Winner: 2 (2010 & 2011)

Tadeusz Błażusiak

FIM INDOOR ENDURO WORLD CHAMPION Born on 26 April 1983 in Nowy Targ, Poland FIM World Titles: 2 (Indoor 2010 & 2011)

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Jonathan Manzi

MAXXIS FIM YOUTH ENDURO WORLD CUP 125CC 2-STROKE Born on 31 August 1990 in Clusone, Italy FIM World Cup Winner: 1 (Youth 125cc 2str 2011)

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Salminen &Méo

WHAT WAS THE BEST MOMENT OF YOUR SEASON / CAREER? Juha Salminen: Well, this year there were many. There was no particular one. It’s been a really really, successful year for me. Of course the beginning is always exciting. You never know how it will go, so probably the first couple of GPs. Antoine Méo: The whole season, actually. It was a very good season for me. I  experienced nothing but good moments.

WHAT WAS THE WORST MOMENT OF YOUR SEASON / CAREER? Juha Salminen: There was no worst. No. It was a really, really successful year so I didn’t have any bad moments this year. Antoine Méo: I  think the toughest moment of the season was in Greece. It was really hard going and lots of riders dropped out. All my main rivals had to withdraw, so it was quite difficult, I couldn’t do much.

WHO WAS YOUR TOUGHEST RIVAL AND WHY? Juha Salminen: We had really good competition with the Finnish guys, my countrymen. We had the first three riders from Finland, so basically we were all in contention. Antoine Méo: Everyone really, as we are all quite close, but mainly Johnny Aubert and Cristobal Guerrero, and Iván Cervantes. We were more or less four riders fighting it out of the same title, so I can’t say I had one particular rival.

WHICH RIDER IN ANOTHER DISCIPLINE DO YOU FOLLOW / RESPECT THE MOST?

Juha Salminen MAXXIS FIM E1 Enduro World Champion

Juha Salminen: I don’t follow anyone in particular. I just follow my own sport, what I do. All the champions, whatever sport it is, nothing happens in one year. They have a long career and a lot of work behind them, so all the top level sportsmen are pretty good. Antoine Méo: My favourite rider in the other disciplines is Rossi, because he is still one of the best track riders ever, and because he’s Italian!

IS THERE ANOTHER TYPE OF MOTORCYCLE SPORT YOU WOULD LIKE TO TRY? Juha Salminen: At this moment? Yes I have a trial bike, and I do a bit of this and that. I have had a go at many different sports – trial, motocross, road racing - over the years. It’s good to try different things but you have to remember what your job is. Antoine Méo: I’d really like to practise all motorcycle sports, so it’s a bit difficult to say. I  do some trial and a bit of speed racing. I really like trial. Antoine Méo MAXXIS FIM E2 Enduro World Champion

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Tadeusz Błażusiak: The season was really good. It started with the World Championship, and I won quite a few things this year, so it was a great season overall. Jérémy Joly: The best moment was the last race in France, because I won the title in the last race of the Championship after a big battle, and for me it was a great moment and a very special moment because it was in France, near my home. It was a very good moment.

WHAT WAS THE WORST MOMENT OF YOUR SEASON / CAREER? Tadeusz Błażusiak: Hard to tell. My career has been a hell of a trip so far, so I don’t have a worst moment! The day I am done with it, I’ll look back and see which was the worst moment! Then I’ll let you know. (Laughs) Jérémy Joly: The worst moment was maybe the first race of the season, because last year I was the winner of the Championship and I started with a bad race. I crashed in the first special test. Afterwards I made it back to the top position and I managed one podium, but it was a bad moment for me.

Błażusiak &Joly

WHO WAS YOUR TOUGHEST RIVAL AND WHY? Tadeusz Błażusiak: My toughest “rival” is just to stay fit and competitive. I don’t really look at anyone else. I just stay focused on my job and try to be as fast as I can, have the best bike and be competitive. So the biggest challenge is just to stay healthy all year. Jérémy Joly: For me it was Juha Salminen in Enduro because he won eight titles, and two in the US. He had a very good, smooth style. I like this rider. He is a model for me.

WHICH RIDER IN ANOTHER DISCIPLINE DO YOU FOLLOW / RESPECT THE MOST? Tadeusz Błażusiak: I pretty much follow all motor sport. Motocross, MotoGP, Formula one, I follow all these guys because they are so special and because they are worth following. I enjoy watching other guys racing, for sure.

Tadeusz Błażusiak FIM Indoor Enduro World Champion

Jérémy Joly: I follow all the disciplines and especially Motocross, and now Trial, because I train in Trial for Enduro, and Toni Bou is really incredible. I like Trial, it is very difficult discipline and I have a lot of respect for these guys

IS THERE ANOTHER TYPE OF MOTORCYCLE SPORT YOU WOULD LIKE TO TRY? Tadeusz Błażusiak: I’ve been trying so many different things, and the sky is the limit! I don’t know. I have no plans for now. I would love to race a car one day, but that’s not motorcycle sport. We’ll see. Jérémy Joly: I like training in Trial but I certainly couldn’t compete in it. I also like to do Motocross, but just for fun and practice. Now I sometimes do Enduro Cross or SuperEnduro, and maybe I could do well in those disciplines.

Jérémy Joly FIM Junior Enduro World Champion

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QUESTIONS

WHAT WAS THE BEST MOMENT OF YOUR SEASON / CAREER?


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Cross-Country Rallies Hélder Rodrigues

FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Champion

Camelia Liparoti

FIM Women’s Cross-Country Rallies World Cup

Dmitry Pavlov

FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Cup winner - Qads

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Hélder Rodrigues

FIM CROSS-COUNTRY RALLIES WORLD CHAMPION Born on 28 February 1979 in Lisbon, Portugal FIM World Titles: 2 (FIM Junior pion 125cc 2000 & Cross Country 2011)

Camelia Liparoti

FIM WOMEN’S CROSS-COUNTRY RALLIES WORLD CUP WINNER Born on 11 July 1968 in Livourne, Italy FIM World Cup Winner: 3 (2009, 2011 & 2011)

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Dmitry Pavlov

FIM CROSS-COUNTRY RALLIES WORLD CUP WINNER - QUADS Born on 25 January 1971 in Sarov, Russia FIM World Cup Winner: 1 (2011)

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QUESTIONS

C ross - C ountry R allies

Liparoti &Rodrigues

WHAT WAS THE BEST MOMENT OF YOUR SEASON / CAREER? Camelia Liparoti: There were two, actually. I  started with a ninth place in the final overall rankings at the 2011 Dakar, so it was a really great moment on the podium in Buenos Aires. And the second high spot was getting my third world title at the Rally of the Pharaohs at the end of the season. Hélder Rodrigues: To finally win the FIM Cross-Country Rallies Championship in Egypt.

WHAT WAS THE WORST MOMENT OF YOUR SEASON / CAREER? Camelia Liparoti: I also had two of those! In the Dakar in 2009, I was forced to drop out on the last day, and I cried for six months, it was such a blow. And there was another bad moment, but it’s the sort of thing that happens in all races. I had a bad accident in the Rally of the Pharaohs in 2009. I literally took off from a dune and when I landed I got badly injured. Hélder Rodrigues: When I crashed in Argentina, in 2007. That was a big crash and it took me a long time to recover and to be competitive again.

WHO WAS YOUR TOUGHEST RIVAL AND WHY? Camelia Liparoti: As I’m in the quad category, I  am always included in two rankings, for women on motorcycles and mixed quads, men and women. I can’t really pick out one rival. We are all friends. In sports terms, it’s true, we are fighting for the title, but my number one rival is really myself. Hélder Rodrigues: At the moment it can only be Marc Coma. It’s difficult to take him on because he is a strong and very intelligent rider. He’s on a good team with a good bike and they work really well too. It’s hard to compete against a set-up like that.

Camelia Liparoti FIM Women’s Cross-Country Rallies World Cup winner

WHICH RIDER IN ANOTHER DISCIPLINE DO YOU FOLLOW / RESPECT THE MOST? Camelia Liparoti: I really admire Luc Alphand, as he came from skiing like me. I moved from snow to riding quads and bikes in the sand, so we both moved from snow to sand, and from ski racing to motor racing. It’s true, Luc Alphand is like my “godfather” on the Dakar. He’s a friend and gives me lots of advice, and he’s something of an idol for me! Hélder Rodrigues: I follow everyone in the news a bit but there’s one rider I respect most of all and that’s Stéphane PeterhanseI. I continue to follow his career with interest. He has had a great two-wheel career on the Enduro and Rally-Raid bikes and he has also driven in the cars category. He’s a great professional and has been able to win in all of them.

IS THERE ANOTHER TYPE OF MOTORCYCLE SPORT YOU WOULD LIKE TO TRY? Hélder Rodrigues FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Champion

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Camelia Liparoti: Yes, I do a bit of road riding, but not track. My dream would be do a Dakar or a World Championship on a buggy one day. Hélder Rodrigues: I never tried road-racing and I would like to give it a go!

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TRACK RACING Greg Hancock

FIM Speedway Grand Prix World Champion

Maciej Janowski

FIM Speedway Under 21 World Champion

Joonas Kylm채korpi

FIM Long Track World Champion

Nikolai Krasnikov

FIM Ice Racing World Champion

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Greg Hancock

FIM SPEEDWAY GRAND PRIX WORLD CHAMPION Born on 3 June 1970 in Whittier, California, USA FIM World Titles: 2 (1997 & 2011 Speedway Grand Prix)

Maciej Janowski

FIM SPEEDWAY UNDER 21 WORLD CHAMPION Born on 6 August 1991 in Wroclaw, Poland FIM World Title: 1 (2011 Speedway Under 21)

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FIM LONG TRACK WORLD CHAMPION

Born on 14 February 1980 in Stockholm, Sweden FIM World Titles: 2 (2010 & 2011 Long Track)

Nikolai Krasnikov

FIM ICE RACING WORLD CHAMPION Born on 4 February 1985 in Ufa, Russia FIM World Titles: 7 (5 Individual Ice Racing & 2 Ice Racing 2010 & 2011 Long Track)

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Joonas Kylmäkorpi


QUESTIONS

T R AC K R AC I N G

Krasnikov &Janowski

WHAT WAS THE BEST MOMENT OF YOUR SEASON / CAREER? Maciej Janowski: My best moment this season was when I  won the FIM Speedway U-21 World Championship. It was something amazing for me. I had a dream of winning it one day and this year it came true! Nikolai Krasnikov: No one else had ever taken so many FIM Ice Racing World Champion titles in a row, so when I achieved my seventh consecutive World Champion title in Inzell, winning both days of the competition, I can pretty much say that it was the best moment of my career.

WHAT WAS THE WORST MOMENT OF YOUR SEASON / CAREER? Nikolai Krasnikov: I  believe it was when I  lost my best-engined bikes during the season through crashing. Maciej Janowski: I  just had some bad days of course, like any other rider, with crashes and broken engines…

WHO WAS YOUR TOUGHEST RIVAL AND WHY? Nikolai Krasnikov: Undoubtedly Igor Kononov, another Russian rider; he always got the best starts during the season so it was very difficult to fight back at him. Maciej Janowski: Definitely Darcy Ward. He won two World Championships before me so he’s the hardest to beat at the moment. There were some big battles going on between us this year even though we’re good friends off the track.

WHICH RIDER IN ANOTHER DISCIPLINE DO YOU FOLLOW / RESPECT THE MOST? Nikolai Krasnikov: I  ride Motocross during the summer but I  don’t have a favourite as I consider all of them as possible competitors… (smiles) Nikolai Krasnikov FIM Ice Racing World Champion

Maciej Janowski: I respect all of the riders here at the Gala for a start as I know how difficult it is for each one to be World Champion in their different categories, but above all I truly admire Greg Hancock. He’s my best friend and he’s also like my manager as he helps me out a lot. I also follow Valentino Rossi and Travis Pastrana’s successes, amongst others.

IS THERE ANOTHER TYPE OF MOTORCYCLE SPORT YOU WOULD LIKE TO TRY? Nikolai Krasnikov: I would like to try MotoGP but there aren’t any circuits in Russia yet.

Maciej Janowski FIM Speedway Under 21 World Champion

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Maciej Janowski: I love go-karts but they aren’t on two wheels… I would like to try a bit of every discipline on two wheels really, like Motocross for instance, but then I  would like to try some go-karts! (laughs)

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FIM GALA CEREMONY THIS VERY EXCEPTIONAL EVENING WAS AN INCREDIBLE AND UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY FOR THE FIM TO GATHER TOGETHER THE 2011 FIM WORLD CHAMPIONS AND THE FIM FAMILY IN ONE PLACE. UP TO SIX HUNDRED GUESTS PACKED INTO THE IMPRESSIVE SHINING SILVER AND BLACK ROOM OF THE ESTORIL CASINO TO ENJOY A VERY SPECIAL OCCASION THAT RECOGNISED AND  REWARDED THE EXPLOITS OF THE WORLD’S BEST MOTORCYCLE RIDERS. BROADCAST LIVE ON T V IN SEVER AL DIFFERENT COUNTRIES, A HOSTOF MOTORCYCLING LEGENDS WERE ON HAND TO PRESENT THE 2011 FIM WORLD CHAMPIONS WITH THEIR RESPECTIVE AWARDS, WHILST ALSO BEING HONOURED THEMSELVES FOR THEIR SERVICES TO TWOWHEEL SPORT.

2011

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Making the 2011 FIM Gala Ceremony a mega event: FIM General Assembly

FIM partners display their wares at the cocktail party

First ever FIM Symposium

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FIM World Champions wait for questions

The youngest 2011 FIM World Champion, Jorge Prado Garcia

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FIM GAL A PRESS CONFERENCE

The press conference always draws a crowd


FIM GAL A PRESS CONFERENCE

A first FIM Moto2 World Title and all smiles, Stefan Bradl

Forty FIM World Champions and Legends

The perfect opportunity for a face-to-face interview with Stephanie Laier

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Family picture

Girls at the top

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FIM GAL A PRESS CONFERENCE

SuperEnduro’s Taddy Błażusiak answers some questions


FIM GAL A RED CARPET

FIM Trial & X-Trial superstar Toni Bou and girlfriend on the red carpet

From ‘down under’, FIM Speedway Grand Prix Greg Hancock and spouse

FIM World Endurance Team representatives en route to the FIM Gala Ceremony

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Ludivine Puy, FIM Enduro’s very own Wonder Woman

Eight FIM World Titles together in the frame

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FIM Junior Motocross World Champion takes ‘Senior’ to the FIM Gala Ceremony


FIM GAL A RED CARPET

FIM Speedway Under 21 World Champion Maciej Janowski and girlfriend

FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Champion Hélder Rodrigues plays on home turf

Former Trial competitors, friends for life: Iris Krämer & Laia Sanz

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The world’s best FIM MX2 rider, Ken Roczen, with his mother and Katja Poensgen

Spanish Road Racing aces, Carlos Checa and Nicolás Terol

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FIM GAL A RED CARPET

A radiant Chaz Davies, FIM Supersport World Champion, and partner


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Host for the evening: Suzi Perry, motorcycling’s best known female TV face

FIM President Vito Ippolito opens the ceremony

Up to 600 guests packed into the impressive shining Silver and Black room of the Casino in Estoril

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FIM Ice Racing World Titles collector

And the winner is…

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FIM Track Racing Legend Tony Rickardsson


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Back at the FIM Gala Ceremony for the second time running

So this is what the FIM World Champion medal looks like‌

Tony Rickardsson 7 - 2 Greg Hancock

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FIM Enduro Legend Giovanni Sala greets Camelia Liparoti

A local hero is acclaimed by the audience

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A short break before moving to Cross-Country Rallies & Enduro


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Back in the winners’ circle after 4 years

French Enduro riders on top of the world

Old Enduro school, new Enduro school

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FIM Trial Legend YrjÜ Vesterinen presenting an award to Laia Sanz

Two more gold medals for Toni Bou

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Trial: a lady in the limelight


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Not in the script: FIM Motocross Legend Eric Geboers fraternises with Suzi Perry

A fourth FIM SuperMoto World Title for Adrien Chareyre

Changing of the guard

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Partners in crime: the FIM Sidecar Motocross World Champions

FIM MX1 World Champion Toni Cairoli joins the 5-gold-medalholders’ club

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FIM Motocross World Champions’ family gathering


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Seテアor テ]gel Nieto, with 12 + 1 FIM Road Racing World Championship wins

Over 420.663 km/h on a motorcycle: landspeed-record holder Richard Assen

The winning FIM Sidecar World Championship duo for the second year running

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In the script: Suzi Perry interviews FIM Supersport World Champion Chaz Davies

Spanish World Champions’ clan: Carlos Checa and Ángel Nieto

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Endurance Racing master and SERT Team Manager Dominique Méliand receives the honour for his team


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Ángel Nieto presents an award to the last ever FIM 125cc Grand Prix World Champion

FIM Moto2 Grand Prix World Champion Stefan Bradl, a worthy successor to compatriots Anton Mang and Dirk Raudies

Carlos Checa receives the award for ‘FIM Personality of the year’

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Trial, Enduro, Cross-Country Rally: Laia Sanz’ versatility earned her the ‘FIM Women of year’ award

Spanish FIM World Champions cracking the gold

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FIM Superbike Legend Carl Fogarty presents the ‘FIM Rookie of the Year’ award to Maciej Janowski


F I M G A L A C E R E M O N Y 2 0 11

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JANUARY

04 & 05

FIM ICE SPEEDWAY GLADIATORS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL 1 Krasnogorsk RUSSIA

07

MONSTER ENERGY AMA SUPERCROSS, AN FIM WORLD Anaheim, California USA

05 27 & 28

FIM SUPERENDURO WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP Barcelona SPAIN

MONSTER ENERGY AMA SUPERCROSS, AN FIM WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP Atlanta, Georgia USA

FIM X-TRIAL WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP Marseille FRANCE

28 13

FIM X-TRIAL WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP Strasbourg FRANCE

14

MONSTER ENERGY AMA SUPERCROSS, AN FIM WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP Phoenix, Arizona USA

FIM SNOWCROSS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP Semigorje RUSSIA

MONSTER ENERGY AMA SUPERCROSS, AN FIM WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP Oakland, California USA

FIM ICE SPEEDWAY GLADIATORS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP QR 1 St Johann (AUT) QR 2 Sanok (POL) QR 3 Lukhovitsy (RUS)

11

MONSTER ENERGY AMA SUPERCROSS, AN FIM WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP San Diego, California USA

25 & 26

FEBRUARY

FIM TEAM ICE SPEEDWAY GLADIATORS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP Togliatti RUSSIA

04

MONSTER ENERGY AMA SUPERCROSS, AN FIM WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP Anaheim, California USA

21

MONSTER ENERGY AMA SUPERCROSS, AN FIM WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP Los Angeles, California USA FIM X-TRIAL WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP Genève SWITZERLAND 74

25

26 11 & 12

FIM ICE SPEEDWAY GLADIATORS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL 2 Ufa RUSSIA

FIM SUPERBIKE FIM SUPERSPORT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP Phillip Island AUSTRALIA

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MONSTER ENERGY AMA SUPERCROSS, AN FIM WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP Arlington, Texas USA FIM M AGA ZINE . 8 1 /// T HE BE ST O F 2 0 1 1


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The FIM Magazine – Ride with Us – N° 81  

The FIM Magazine – Ride with Us – N° 81 Best Of 2011

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