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FIM Europe Course in Motorcycle Management: diploma ceremony in Rome

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New developments in motorcycle protective clothing for street riders

FIM Europe Course in Motorcycle Management: the practical training

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MXGP Rookie Program

“Lovemytraining” FIM Europe – Honda 150 Training Camp FIM EUROPE MAG

Chief Editor: Fiammetta La Guidara Photos: Dorna, Youthstream, Phototrial, R. Pairan, M. Zanzani FIM EUROPE Via Giulio Romano, 18 00196 - Rome Italy E-mail: Ph. +39 06 3226746 FIM Europe MAG #3 May/June 2017 The articles published in this magazine do not necessarily reflect the official position of FIM Europe. The content of this publication is based on the best knowledge and information available at the time the articles were written. The copying of articles and photos even partially is forbidden unless permission has been requested from FIM Europe in advance and reference is made to the source (©FIM Europe)


FIM Europe Course  in Motorcycle Management  Diploma Ceremony in Rome Rome - The first edition of the FIM Europe Course in Motorcycle Management was very successful, and it ended with the distribution of the diplomas to the students. The ceremony was held at the Consular Room Giulio Marinozzi of the University of Rome "Foro Italico", at the presence of its Rector Prof Fabio Pigozzi and of Pro-Rector Prof Gennaro Terracciano, of the FIM Europe President Dr Wolfgang Srb and of FIM Europe Secretary General Alessandro Sambuco, of the FMI President Avv Giovanni Copioli and of the FMI Secretary General Alberto Rinaldelli. The course started in November 11th and finished last February 25th. The students of the Master, by the means of 150 hours of lessons, spread in 12 weekends of attendance, had a geFIM Europe Mag 3/2017

On top, the group at the end of the ceremony. Above, from left, Dr Wolfgang Srb and Prof Fabio Pigozzi 3


From the left, Alessandro Sambuco, Prof Gennaro Terracciano, Dr Wolfgang Srb, Prof Fabio Pigozzi, Avv Giovanni Copioli and Alberto Rinaldelli

neral overview, Stage and Final Project Work, of the main themes connected with motorcycling: from international sporting organization and institutions of motorcycling to business and contractual laws, from economy and management applied to sport to basis of sport communication, from strategy and governance of the motorcycling sporting organizations to sport marketing, from leadership to techniques of Team Building, up to the leading figures of collaboration in the motorcycling team. 4

As foreseen for the second phase of the pilot project of these Courses, contacts with other Universities and other Federations are already in progress, in order to start an exchange of lectures and students, for conferring a Continental dimension to such initiatives. In particular, a meeting with DMSB and Hochschule Kaiserslautern – University of Applied Sciences, organizing the MBA Motorsport Management Course, is foreseen shortly. The great opportunity is to create a new generation of managers,

well trained and able to play different roles in motorcycling at international level, to whom have been offered, in addition to all subjects covered by the study plan, a wide and deep knowledge of the International Sports Law, of the Institutions of Motorcycling, as well as of their functioning. Among the 15 students who completed the course, 10 were present to discuss their final works: Cristiano Barberis – Creation and management of a Motorcycling Team Francesco Bartoli – The organization of a Moto3 monobrand cup FIM Europe Mag 3/2017



From top, Cristiano Barberis, Francesco Bartoli, Francesca Yasmine Duran, Federico Falco and Michele Fusillo 6

for young riders: organizing aspects, rules and communication plan management Francesca Yasmine Duran – The importance of the athlete image for the advertising message: the sports sponsorship contracts Federico Falco – The agile methodology applied to a Motorcycling Team Michele Fusillo – The overwinning obsession Stefania Guernieri – The communication strategy of a motorcycling team Simone Petrosemolo – Team Management: organization and contractual aspects and rider management Gianmarco Pinto – Relationships between sports juridical rules and State juridical rules Riccardo Santilli – From the Moto Club to the

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From top, Stefania Guernieri, Simone Petrosemolo, Gianmarco Pinto, Riccardo Santilli and Lavinia Soppelsa FIM Europe Mag 3/2017

Team: which juridical and fiscal regime? Lavinia Soppelsa – The motorcycle rider’s performance: the role of physical training, nutritional control and mental training. For FIM Europe also the Second Deputy President Silvio Manicardi and the Lawyer Rodolfo Romeo attended the ceremony. «The first Course in Motorcycling Management was a huge achievement», Dr Wolfgang Srb stated. «I am grateful to the University, to all Professors who gave lessons, but first and foremost to all the students that attended the course and were successful. They have learned a lot in these past weeks and months which will be most useful in their jobs, might it be with a team or a Federation. I wish them all a great future».


FIM Europe Master in Motorcycling Management:

THE PRACTICAL TRAINING by Fiammetta La Guidara The FIM Europe Course in Motorcycle Management ended with practical internship. We interviewed the two teams which supported the FIM Europe request to host the students for a stage: the Motocross Celestini Team of Civitavecchia and the Ciatti Team of Rome. We also interviewed the two students of the course, Lavinia Soppelsa, 26 years old and Michele Fusillo, 40 years old (in

the photo aside, with FIM Europe Secretary General Alessandro Sambuco). What were your expectations from the Master before starting it? Lavinia: «My expectations were high from a didactical point of view, and they were maintained. I learned that in such a job you never not stop learning. The theoretical basis was very important and I especially enjoyed the psychological

aspect, which I have also dealt with in my thesis». Michele: «I was attracted to this course by my passion for motorcycling, I wanted to get closer to this world, see how it is structured and what it can give you. And it gave me the chance to have a 360 degree view, from legal to technical aspects to the rider psychology. It also made me understand how difficult it all is. I was already aware of some


motocross aspects, because my son – who is 7 – is already riding. But it was nice seeing it declined in a wider aspect. The icing on the cake is the internship. I will be at Celestini’s, also during a racing weekend of the Italian motocross championship. They are the official KTM youth team. And it'll be great to see the materials that the official teams test». Do you think that this Master has been useful to you in the optic of your future working life? Lavinia: «From this point of view, I see my future very tiring, but I am confident about both my skills and the people around me. In the last few weeks of the course, I’ve learnt that it takes so much experience, humility and desire to learn. I hope to work in this world, in the Road Racing field, and I am very happy I’ll enter the boxes of a championship like the Italian one to see how a racing weekend works». Michele: «It's a job that requires enormous economic, physical efforts. You must have a huge passion. I already have a job, I'm an agronomist, but I would like to change, and focus especially on the youth sector».


We met Sandro Celestini in his headquarters in Civitavecchia, with his sons Alessandro, who follows the speed industry, and Gianluca, who deals with external relations. We interviewed the two team managers. When and how did your team manager activity begin? 10

Above, Sandro Celestini and his son Alessandro. Below, Emilio Scuteri and Andrea Zanotti, EMX125 riders with Celestini Team


Sandro - «It was 1994: I was still racing in the motocross. Then I started to help Emiliano Caprioli: I took off the bike to give it to him. Since then I realized I could help someone. We started the adventure with Claudio De Carli, with Caprioli and Claudio Federici, who had finished second in the European Championship, but couldn’t find a team. From there everything started. Since then we had also riders such as Camerlengo, Cherubini and Cairoli. Now the world team is followed completely by Claudio De Carli while I’m working with young riders, trying to help those who have the skills and not the chances». Alessandro – «Three years ago with my father. I started to have roles of ever greater responsibility and now I'm following the entire speed activity of our team”. What is the most satisfying aspect of your job as a team manager? Sandro – «The two riders we are following this year are living at our house, thanks also to my wife, it’s as if we had two more children. We look at the structure, the bike, the truck, but behind there are so many aspects that no one knows». Alessandro – «Satisfaction: to have the riders’ confidence and bring them to give their best. I work very mentally with the riders, and try to get in touch with the riders’ heads». And what is the most difficult, challenging aspect? Sandro – «The organizational one, because you have to prepare a season as soon as possible, and every time you must have everything you need to start off: there are occasions

The working team at Celestini headwarters: from the top Alberto Zuccari, Dario Landi and, below, Jeremy Palazzolo, who is Antonio Cairoli’s nephew


when you do not return back home after a transfer but you must continue for the next one. And then you have to organise everything: spare parts, equipment, etc. When such a team moves, all eyes are focused. We must always be professional also to give the riders the opportunity to express themselves to the maximum». Alessandro – «One of the most difficult aspects is to interfere with pilots, each one has his own character and needs. It is a great responsibility but that's why it fascinates me so much». What would you like to transfer to the students of the Master who will be doing the training with you? Sandro – «All my experience. I am delighted I’ve been involved in this adventure by FIM Europe. It is just right to help those who invest in young people, even at team manager level». Alessandro – «The approach with riders, the organizational aspect, the timing: the weekend requires quick decisions, tuning in with the team and with the riders». What are your team's commitments for this season? Sandro – «We have a structure that follows Andrea Zanotti, from San Marino, who last year finished 10th in the European Championships even if he did not take part to 4 races. In our team also Emilio Scuderi is racing, who is a pupil of Antonio Cairoli. They are both 15 and race in EMX 125». Alessandro – «We are busy in Road Racing with Gabriele Fusco, in 600 National Trophy, in the context of the Italian Championship. Our goal is to stay close to young people because many parents do not have the ability to follow their children».



Above, Ciatti team with Simone Corsi in the starting grind 2005. Below, Valerio Sbarra with Alvaro Bautista in 2003


We interviewed Valerio Sbarra, Sport Director for the Ciatti Team of Rome.

When and how did your team manager activity begin? «My Team Manager business started in Karting in 1986 when I was 16, in a team of two people. I was the Sports and Mechanical Manager and Christian Lundberg was driver and mechanic. We travelled with the kart on the roof of the car and tool box in the luggage rack… this is how we used to go to races. After a slight progression, we stopped our business for budgets and studying reasons. «In 1997 I found Lundberg as the Technical Director of 3C 3FIM Europe Mag 3/2017

Racing and I was incorporated as Team Sports Manager. «We quickly grew up from the Italian Sport Production to the Italian GP (we won the title in 1999 with De Marco) and European GP, up to the 125 GP World Championship in 2001 while remaining at the same time engaged in

CEV (we won the Championship in 2001 with Rodriguez and in 2003 with Bautista). «3C Racing was liquidated in 2007 and I was dedicated to brokering in the field of Sports Sponsorships and Riders’ Projects. «In 2012 I returned to the Sports Directorate in the


Ciatti Team, bringing it to the newborn Moto3 (we were Italian Champions with Calia) and quickly leaving Italy to land in Spain and ride in CEV Moto3 (today Junior World Championship) and Moto2 (today European Championship). «In my career I had the pleasure of working with riders like Bautista, Corsi, Barbera, Pasini, and more recently youngsters like Bastianini, 14

Remy Gardner or Jules Danilo. Today all of them are engaged in the MotoGP. «I also made communication operations by linking Motorcycling to the Football World: Team Atletico de Madrid, Team Seedorf and Team Totti Top Sport. All projects aimed at promoting young talents». What is the most satisfying aspect of your job as a team manager? «The greatest satisfaction

comes when your riders are on the road to success in the top MotoGP and Superbike championships». And what is the most difficult, challenging aspect? «The most difficult aspect today is definitely the search for financial resources / sponsors. From the most operational point of view, our challenge is to put our rider in a position to always prove their real potential». FIM Europe Mag 3/2017


Above, the pitwall. Aside, Enea Bastianini

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Above, the podium of Mattia Pasini in Catalunya in 2005. Below, the partnership with football, and MotoGP Doctor Claudio Costa with the t-short of the famous Italian footballer Francesco Totti

What would you like to transfer to the students of the Master who will be doing the training with you? «Students aspiring to lead a team should develop a feature that is needed for so many other sports: team spirit. «I would like to convey to them what I am trying to convey to my team, namely the sense of belonging to a group. A group that has to work in harmony with roles and communion of goals. A group that recognizes the importance of the individual but which is not simply the sum of the value of the individuals. «The Team Manager must monitor and identify the elements and behaviors that destabilize this setting and promptly intervene». 16

What are your team commitments for this season? «This season Team Ciatti will represent the Forward Junior Team thanks to a technical and sports collaboration agreement. «We will be engaged in FIM CEV European Moto2 Championship with two riders: Federico Fuligni, who aspires to be consistently in the Top5 with betting on the highest

podium stages, and the youngest German Lukas Tulovic, who aspires to the Top 10 with the hope of entering the Top5 Towards the end of the season. «For Federico Fuligni we also expect participation in at least 5 Wild Card in the Moto2 World Championship».


From the left, Julia Walter, DMSB Secretary General, Bettina Reuter - Dean of the MBA Course of Studies Motorsports-Management, Nürburgring, University of Applied Sciences Kaiserslautern and Alessandro Sambuco, FIM Europe Secretary General. In the photo above and aside they are at the FIM Europe General Secretariat, in the other pages, the photos were taken during the visit at the University «Foro Italico» of Rome

FIM Europe for synergies in education At the FIM Europe General Secretariat in Rome, an important meeting was held with Julia Walter, DMSB Secretary General, Bettina Reuter - Dean of the MBA Course of Studies MotorsportsManagement, Nürburgri ng, University of Applied Sciences Kaiserslautern and Alessandro Sambuco, FIM Europe Secretary General. The subject matter of the meeting was the cooperation between the University of Appe Advanced Course in Motorcycling Management in Rome and MBA in Motorsport in Nürburgring. The main goal and details of this cooperation have been fixed, which will transform these initiatives into an international event. In the afternoon the guests visited the University “Foro Italico”, receiving the welcome of the rector Prof Fabio Pigozzi and of the responsibile for In3FIM Europe Mag 3/2017



«Today we’ve planned the possibility of cooperation with FIM Europe for a Course in Motorsport Management, which might also include an exchange for lecturers and students», stated Bettina Reuter, Dean of the MBA Course of Studies MotorsportsManagement, Nürburgring, University of Applied Sciences Kaiserslautern. «There is a common basis with our Course, even if we’re focused on the automotive sector. One of the most attractive things is the possibility of networking, to build up an international community for all our students. A possible vision in the future is a double deegree in cooperation with Rome. Visiting the University “Foro Italico”, today I was stunned for how the Olympic Committee, history and sports communities are tied together».

ternational Relationships Prof Emanuele Isidori (in the photo). «Education is the key to success. Therefore, the marshals have been getting a well founded education for a long time», stated DMSB Secretary General Julia Walter. «And now we are going to step by step extend this education to all the motor-racing management staff. We’ve had a 18

good start in Germany with a course focused on cars. Now we want to increasingly include the motorcycle area too. We had valuable meetings, today, to find future possibilities of cooperation. Hopefully we’ll find a way to internationalise our course in motorsport management. I’ve particularly appreciated the University of Rome “Foro Italico”: it’s a place of great history!”

«I am particularly happy to start the phase two of the pilot project we started last year with the University of Rome “Foro Italico”. This phase will assign an International dimension to the Advanced Course in Motorcycling Management», stated Alessandro Sambuco, FIM Europe Secretary General. «Together with FMI, which has already offered its contribution since the previous edition, we will be able to rely also on the support of DMSB and we are working to organise common sessions of lessons both at the University «Foro Italico» in Rome and at the University of Nürburgring. Other important developments may include the creation of a common web platform with the list, curricula and profiles of Diplomats at these Courses. This can represent for all Stakeholders of Motorcycling a precious supply basin for professionals who will have to work in today's and tomorrow's Motorcycling».

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New developments in motorcycle protective clothing for street riders with changes to European law coming next year FIM Europe Director of Public Affairs John Chatterton-Ross (in the photo above) explains what is new for riders. We spoke a little about this in the interview published in February; can you give more detail on this subject and explain what all this news about “PPE” means? «Yes. PPE - Personal Protective Equipment. It means protective equipment that we wear or use to keep us safe from injury. Human Protective Equipment might have been a better name… «For a motorcyclist the most obvious item is the helmet but FIM Europe Mag 3/2017

here we are concerned with clothing. I will deal with the legal aspects at the end as that doesnot interest everyone». Can you give the position of FIM Europe and what advice would you give riders? «I think it is always a good idea to reflect on the racing experience. The first riders to go really fast in the early 1900s were Americans racing on banked board tracks. – They could get up to over 160kph which was impressive for the time!» What equipment did they use? «The photographs of the time show – naturally – the earliest

helmets, strong boots and leather trousers. What they did not wear in the early days was a leather jacket. They worked out where the main risk of abrasion injury was – and it is not the upper body. This is counter intuitive as most street riders will make their focus the jacket». So what do you advise? «The journey to and from work: This depends on where in Europe you live. I spent thirty nine years travelling by motorcycle to and from school and later to work. I live in the UK and it rains a lot. So as well as helmet, jacket and gloves I al19


ways wore boots too and took my work shoes in a box on the back of the bike. Later, when I was serving as a police officer I did not need to do that as the police boots worked fine on the motorcycle too. «As it rains so much I always put on strong motorcycling over20

trousers which give a limited amount of protection if you do have a fall. In summer this could sometimes be a little uncomfortable but it was worth that for the protection». Here in Rome the weather is different! «Yes, exactly. It all depends

where you are as motorcycling needs are so different. The good news is that today we have that fabulous Australian invention - motorcycling jeans! Actually it is more than that as some companies make protective trousers in other styles. These include chinos, cargo style with side pockets, military style trousers. – There is quite a range». Can you explain more about these products? Are they all much the same? «No. At the lower end there are designs that have protective fabric in the seat area, the hips, and the knees. This will give about 50% coverage to the lower body in the most critical areas. «Next there are some designs with a little more coverage about 60%. Finally there are designs with full coverage inside the garment and often with knee protectors and hip protectors as well to reduce the risk of impact injury in a fall. «The disadvantage is that they are much warmer and about half a kilo in weight above the lighter designs. The advantage is that they can be made to the full CEN specification for professional riders». Can you explain what that is? “Yes. CEN is the European Committee for Standardisation. There are CEN standards for a huge range of things we use FIM Europe Mag 3/2017


every day. Anything that has a “CE” mark on it. Although the standard was originally devised with professional riders in mind some companies make products to that level and sell them to everyone who wants them”. Are there things to look out for when shopping? «Yes. This is where things become complicated. Those jeans with the 50% or 60% coverage cannot meet the standard. – This does not make them, “bad products.” The reputable brands do testing using the abrasion part of the tests in the professional standard. «You must read the label very carefully and if you are not sure read the company internet site first! Do not rely only on the sales staff in the motorcycle shop. «A good guide – if you are after the basic product – is to choose one from a brand that also makes motorcycling jeans that meet the CEN standard. If they know how to do this you can be sure they know how to make the basic product really well too. They will be paying attention to In the opposite page, board member Michel is wearing a full leather suit - which is still quite often the case for long distance touring. Others often mix leather trousers wiith a textile jacket.

Aside: the injury shown in this photograph is not an abrasion injury. - The jacket did not wear through. «The Swedish doctor told me it is a burn injury and was caused when the protector rotated inside the garment when I hit the road», states Mr John Chatterton-Ross. «Just under 100kph on a wet and oily road. - Diesel oil had been spilt which caused me to fall». FIM Europe Mag 3/2017

the stitching and the quality of the fabric for all of their range». Are there any other pitfalls? «Yes, I am sorry to say there are. Moving away from jeans the other most popular form of clothing is the motorcycle suit which is designed to protect riders from bad weather and also to give some protection in a fall. «The vast majority of these – from all brands – only have CE marked protectors! The garment as a whole unit is generally NOT tested». Will this change? «Yes. This is the key point about the new European law coming next year. The authorities have decided that a jacket, suit or trousers sold with protectors fitted (or just the pockets to add them in as a separate accessory) is PPE. This means the whole garment has to be tested». Will it still be possible to buy water and wind proof over suit or jacket and trousers? «Yes, this will still be allowed so long as it does not have pockets to fit protectors and is just a weather proof garment to wear

over other clothes». A rain jacket for wearing over other clothing – this will be legal to sell under the new law Will the new EU law force riders to wear protective clothing? «No! This is not part of European Union law. If you don’t want to wear protective clothing you don’t have to». Are there any countries in Europe that have laws about wearing PPE? «All countries in the EU have a national helmet wearing law. Belgium has made it illegal to ride around in tee shirt and shorts. – When riding you must have your arms and legs covered but that could be by any type of clothing. The Belgian authorities admits that this is really just a gesture, but they say they think it has encouraged more riders (now they have to cover up) to go and buy some real motorcycling clothing». France is bringing in a law on wearing gloves whilst riding too. Is it true that France has different laws about what clo-


A photo of Achilles Damen former FIM Director of the Public Affairs Commission. The Rukka jacket he is wearing is high quality but like all of these things in future it will have to be ceritifcated as a complete entity - protectors and the jacket. The scooter coat that former FIM staff member Anne-Marie Gerber is wearing has the option to fit protectors. That won't be allowed next year and it will have to be sold just as a rain garment to go over other clothing.

thing can be sold? «Yes. France has taken a lead here with a decision some time ago to interpret the current 1989 law differently. They established a testing protocol that uses some aspects of the existing CEN professional standard. – So there is some clothing that you can buy in the rest of Europe that you won’t find any more in French shops». How do you think this will 22

work out and what products will be available in the future? «It is not easy. On the one hand you have the safety aspect and companies cannot be expected to design products for other uses… it is motorcycling clothing. The difficulty is the customer sees things from another perspective. «We cannot all be the CEO and have a private suite to change clothes when we get to work! If

you are working in a formal environment you cannot turn up for work in jeans. So the solution has to be a pair of jeans for riding – probably the 50% or 60% coverage ones that you can fold up and put somewhere in the office near your desk. «To explain the point let’s take the example of the fire fighter. I got to know many of these brave men and women when I was serving in the police. For a building fire you need the absolute maximum of protection. – Otherwise you will die within seconds. It means breathing apparatus, a heavy suit to protect against flames, footwear that will protect if you step on a live electric cable, and finally the clothing will need to protect against cuts. «After that the next job is one which is much more common today when it comes to fires – a forest fire. That heavy suit could be a killer in that situation. You need a lighter one so that you can run from danger if the wind direction suddenly turns. «The next job is the one that sadly is a major part of being a fire fighter today. – Attending road traffic collisions to cut people free from vehicles. Often at those events you will see the firefighters discard their jackets. «It is not as dramatic with motorcycling but in a city journey you don’t want to be so hot you lose concentration». Is there a solution on offer? «CEN is working on a new set of standards for motorcycling clothing. This will have more levels so that those lighter weight part coverage denims (and chinos and cargo pants) can be certificated for abrasion protection. I think it would be a total disaster if these new innovative products were removed from the market at the very point where more people are buying them. FIM Europe Mag 3/2017

«FIM Europe welcomes this practical approach. There is of course still a need for higher level clothing with the addition of protectors for the back, elbows, knees and hips as well as abrasion protection. The key is getting the balance right». Some reports suggest that there may be problems with “motorcycle style” leisure clothing? «Yes. I have heard this too. Motorcycling has had such an impact on our culture that there are fashion designs that reference it. There are still some people who want to dress like Marlon Brando. – The institutions of the European Union may be powerful - but even they cannot stop this! «To be serious – often these fashion garments are made from soft sheep leather and they would be of no use if you fell from your motorcycle. Moving on from Marlon there is the Steve McQueen look. I have a fashion jacket that is styled to look like the clothing he wore when competing in the ISDT trials in the 1960s. It is not made of waxed cotton and it is not a real motorcycling jacket. I would never wear it when riding. «Finally there is the leisure clothing sold in motorcycling outlets. Many companies like to sell branded clothing. This might be ordinary (not motorcycling) jeans, tee shirts etc. I think any motorcycling dealer in the future would be wise to display this on a separate rack from the motorcycling clothing. If a customer wants to buy a pair of regular jeans – that is up to them. If they wear them when riding that is their choice». I guess you have a wardrobe full of motorcycling clothing, how do you choose what to wear? «If I am just going to the town I do the same as when I was riding to work every day. I focus just on the basics and I am happy to FIM Europe Mag 3/2017

ride in a pair of light motorcycling jeans, boots – I still have my old police ones (!) Often a lighter weight jacket and of course helmet and gloves. «If any journey is going to include riding on main roads out of town - or the motorway- I will always use leather trousers or full protection motorcycling jeans. Also a heavier jacket with a back protector fitted or a leather jacket. I use the bright rain jacket in the photograph as well even if it is not raining, or another one I have which is orange colour». You focus a lot on protection from abrasion injury, why is that? «This is the most important thing that clothing can help with. The skin is an organ of the body and an ordinary pair of jeans – even the highest quality ones – will last about a second before your skin is exposed to the road surface. These injuries are very difficult (and painful!) to treat. There is also the risk of infection as the road surface is full of dirt and oil. «Impact protection is good to have too but abrasion protection is the most important thing of all. «I have focussed here on clothing but you can also buy new designs of motorcycling footwear. Everything from US style sneakers to some really smart leather boots with side zips as well as laces that you can wear all day. – Some will even work with formal office clothing too». Is FIM Europe engaged with developing the new standards? «Yes, we have returned to this

John Chatterton-Ross

work as an organisation with observer status in CEN. We were involved in past years when the current professional standard was developed. Unfortunately that never really took off with the general market which is a matter of regret. «Things began to change when the Australians realised that for their top level jeans with full coverage inside and protectors they could achieve level one. Now some of these products also achieve the higher level two. The last CEN meetings were hosted by FIM in Switzerland and we meet again soon in early June at the Harley Davidson offices for Europe and the Middle East which are in Oxford in the UK». You will attend? «Yes, I will be riding my motorcycle to the meetings!» 23


FIM Europe Club France

Following the 2nd event of the FIM Europe Club, held in September 2016 in Sweden and as announced on the occasion of our Congress in Kavala, the 2017 “Châteaux de la Loire” FIM Europe Club Experience has been organized by FFM. The Experience will be held in Blois – France from the 22nd to the 24th of September 2017. As already decided, the FIM Europe Club automatically includes, as Members, all FIM Europe officials (as listed in the Yearbook) as well as the


Presidents and the Secretaries General of all FMNs affiliated to FIM Europe. It is foreseen the participation of the FIM Europe Club Members only by motorcycle, choosing to participate with their own bike or renting it on spot. «Everything is very well organized by the Vice-Presi-

dent Jean-Marc Desnues (FFM). I take the occasion to thank him for the co-operation offered. We will have again the occasion to share good moments among bikers, at the same time colleagues and friends», stated the FIM Europe Secretary General Alessandro Sambuco.

Information on the 2017 Châteaux de la Loir» FIM Europe Club Experience is available following the link


From the left: Fabrizio Paris – Sports Psychologist, Marco Infusino and Fabrizio Bernardini – Trainers, Alessandro Sambuco – FIM Europe Secretary General, Gordon Crockard – Honda Motor Europe Off Road Racing Manager, Gerry Bryce – Racedays Promotion Director. All photos ©Ula Serra

“Lovemytraining” FIM Europe - Honda 150 Training Camp at Boves The Honda 150 European Championship is the Junior support class to the FIM Motocross World Championship. This Championship provides Motocross young riders, from 11 to 14 years old and will be run in association with the FIM Europe, taking place jointly with five rounds of the 2017 FIM Motocross World Championship with the following calendar: Round 1 20-21/05/2017 Germany Teutschenthal Round 2 01-02/07/2017 Portugal Agueda Round 3 05-06/08/2017 Belgium Lommel Round 4 19-20/08/2017 Sweden Uddevalla Round 5 09-10/09/2017 Netherlands Assen For the fifth year consecutively a FIM Europe Staff attended the Training Camp. This year the Camp was at Boves, in Italy, and the Staff was composed by the Secretary General Alessandro Sambuco, the trainers Fabrizio Bernardini e Marco Infusino and the Sports Psychologist Fabrizio Paris. FIM Europe Mag 3/2017


The 25 riders coming from 13 countries were evaluated with three different tests: 1. Endurance in keeping the riding position on the bike with bent knee legs with vertical controller 2. Agility Circuit to evaluate the coordinating capacities of the young riders, particularly relevant in this age (11-14) and to be considered as a funda-

mental approach to an optimal development of motor skills. 3. Psychological inventory of Sports Performance - The questionnaire listed a number of statements made by the riders to describe their experience with competition. Accurate answers to the questionnaire can offer useful information and pragmatic hints in order to improve their performance.

In addition to the tests and the training, there was also a support work for the riders’ families by the Sports Psychologist who provided suggestions on how to facilitate their children's sports activities, thus avoiding drop-outs.


MXGP  Rookie Program


FIM Europe continues to support, together with Youthstream, the MXGP Rookie program, which started in November of 2016 in The Netherlands. Young talented riders received full time training at the High Performance Center of Papendal. The riders were guided by specialists like strength coa-

ches and dietitians who also guide the Dutch Olympians who live among the 375 athletes in Papendal. A truly unique location with the best training facilities in the world. Riders in the MXGP Rookies project can go to school and do their strength


and condition training at the High Performance Center. KNMV head coach Marcel Hartman will take the MXGP Rookies out to a wide variety of motocross circuits available in The Netherlands. The training at Dutch circuits will be complemented with trips to Europe’s toughest tracks. Every trip, every exercise, every meal has one clear goal: improve. Thanks to tailor made programs

the riders will be able to go to school, get to know everything about nutrition, improve both physical and mental strength and prepare themselves for all the different tracks and circumstances they will have to deal with whilst entering international MXcompetitions. The best news of all? If you want to improve your motocross skills, you can take part in the next MXGP Rookies project. Get the

benefits of the great motocross experience and history the Dutch can offer, live among the strongest and fastest Olympians in the world and perhaps you become the next world champion! Are you interested in becoming the next MXGP Rookie? Contact or call the +31 26 3528511

From the left Silvio Manicardi, Fiammetta La Guidara and Emiliano Malagoli. Below, paraplegic rider and former European Champion Nicola Dutto in action

FIM Europe at the première of the docu-film  “Goals – The invisible strength” Yesterday in Rome the docufilm «Goals - The invisible strength» was presented to media: it tells the real stories

of three “special” riders – the European Champion Nicola Dutto from Italy, his compatriot Emiliano Malagoli and

Australian Alan Kempster. All of them are disabled after a motorcycle accident, but they have come back riding on the two wheels, and at international levels. Malagoli and Kempster – both amputees, are going to race on Saturday 20th May on the French circuit of Le Mans, the day before MotoGP, and Dutto – paraplegic – is preparing to race the next edition of Dakar in South America. The docu-film has been written and directed by FIM Europe press officer Fiammetta La Guidara with the photograFIM Europe Mag 3/2017


From the left Italian actor - and KTM rider - Max Giusti, Fiammetta La Guidara and Silvio Manicardi

phy of sports tv director Mauro Valentinuzzi and aims to underline how passion and strong will can overcome the severe difficulties of disability. A the première in Rome Silvio Manicardi, FIM Europe Second Deputy President, was present. Among the special guests, the Italian actor Max Giusti – who is also a motorcyclist and a motocross

rider and races for KTM. He spoke on behalf of Nicola Dutto, who is a KTM rider, too, and who could not attend the première because he was coming back from Afriquia Merzouga Rally, being the only paraplegic rider to finish the desert marathon. «It is striking how the human willpower to react to adversities allows to overcome

barriers which may seem insuperable», stated Silvio Manicardi. «FIM Europe congratulates with the author for the realization of this docu-film, which shows also great sensibility towards this subject matter». FIM Europe gave its patronage to “Goals – The invisible strength” to support its solidarity message.


From left, Palmino Poli, FIVA director for motorcycles and ASI event Responsible, with Silvio Manicardi, FIM Europe Second Deputy President

FIM Europe at ASI Motor Show at Varano The FIM Europe Vice President Silvio Manicardi visited the ASI Motor Show, the biggest non-racing event of historical bikes in Italy. The cooperation between FIVA (ASI is the Italian branch of FIVA) and FIM Europe is growing having some common objectives such as - probably the most important one - the free circulation of histori-


cal bikes (and cars) all around Europe. The event, from 12 to 14 May, was extremely rich of participants with over 700 motorcycles on the track and even more in the paddock - and it was attended by plenty of Champions of the past: from Carlo Ubbiali . 9 times World Champion - for the Fifties to Giacomo Agostini - 15 World titles - for the Se-

venties, from Freddie Spencer to Loris Capirossi - both 3 times World Champions - for the Eighties, from Carlos Lavado to Manuel Poggiali - both 2 times World Champions -, representing the most recent years. FIM Europe congratulates with all ASI organisation for the successful event, which is at its 16th edition.

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From the left, on the other side of the table, Morten Hansen, chairman of the FIM Europe-FEMA Working Group, Francesca Marozza, FMI Road Safety Education Coordinator, Silvio Manicardi, FIM Europe Vice President, Jesper Christensen, FIM Director of Public Affairs Commission, Dolf Willigers, FEMA Secretary General, John Chatterton-Ross, FIM/FIM Europe Director of Public Affairs and Wim Taal, FEMA Communications Officer

FFIIM ann d   F FEM A   M  Eu Eurr op o p e   a EMA Me et in om e   Meet i ng g  in in   R Rom At the FIM Europe office in Rome the periodic meeting between FEMA and FIM Europe was held, to discuss the position papers, which are regularly updated according to the latest information both about market and regulations. These documents will then be approved by both organizations - FIM Europe and FEMA - and will be made public on the occasion of the FIM Europe Congress in Rome in late June. Among the topics discussed, also the organization of the 3FIM Europe Mag 3/2017

next mobility test - that is: use different modes of transport motorcycle, moped, car, public transport and bicycle if possible, start at the same time from a set place in a suburb and head for a goal inside a European city while a time keeper collects the results. We already made the mobility tests in 2014 for the first time, and it will be repeated in 2017. In this regard, we had the presence of Francesca Marozza for the Italian Motorcycle Federation, who already suc-

cessfully organized the previous event in Italy. «The meeting of FIM Europe with FEMA took place in the usual friendly atmosphere», stated Silvio Manicardi, FIM Europe Vice President. «The meeting also provided an opportunity to invite Morten Hansen, chairman of the Working Group, to participate in the FIM Europe Congress, in the Public Affairs Commission, in the General Assembly and in the Road Safety Conference». 35


FIM Europe at the FMI Meeting «Motorcycling is a sport» «Motorcycling is a sport» this is the title of the conference that was held today in Rome at the CONI Hall of Honor, during which some issues and problems were discussed affecting the world of motorcycling, besides the connection between FMI and the world of institutions.


All this was witnessed by the presence of guests such as Minister of Sport Luca Lotti, the CONI president Giovanni Malagò, the FMI President Giovanni Copioli, along with institutional representatives who have established a connection with FMI, such as the Head of Department of Civil Protection, Fabrizio Curcio, the

Head of Firemen, Gioacchino Giomi, the former Head of the State Forestry Corps Cesare Patrone, the Carabinieri Lieutenant General Luigi Longobardi. Awards were handed to the FMI Volunteers who with their snowmobiles provided services during the earthquake-weather emer-


gency that struck central Italy in January. During the event, FMI President Giovanni Copioli said: «Motorcycling is a social sport and it is not a coincidence that we have been greeted by the Civil Protection and Firemen. The motorcyclists that we represent do respect laws and the environment, and this is why we ask politicians for changes to the Rules of the Road and also to the Off Road Rules, and we ask the associations for dialogue». The FIM Europe Secretary General Alessandro Sam-

buco was also attending the event. «I would like to emphasize the positive example represented by the FMI, which has succeeded in being recognized as a major player in the social field, putting volunteers and means at disposal in the organization of the Civil Protection. These social activities combined with a growing awareness of the environment can only lead to improve public understanding about our Sport and to positive changes in the performance of sports activities».

In the photo aside, from the left: Cesare Patrone (former Head of the State Forestry), Gioacchino Giomi (Head of National Firemen), Giovanni Copioli (FMI President), Luca Lotti (Minister of Sport), Giovanni Malagò (CONI President), Fabrizio Curcio (Head of Department of Civil Protection). Below, in the second row, from the left, Alessandro Sambuco, the General Manager of Mugello Circuit Paolo Poli and the Managing Director of Misano Circuit Andrea Albani.


From the left Stephan Schaller and Stefan Pierer

FIM Europe congratulates with ACEM new President The European Association of Motorcycle Manufacturers (ACEM) has elected a new leadership team during its 2017 Spring Congress celebrated in Berlin. Mr Stefan Pierer, CEO of KTM AG, will become President of ACEM as of 1 July 2017. He will succeed Mr Stephan Schaller, President of BMW Motorrad, who will start serving as Vice-President of ACEM


on the same date. The European Association will also have a new VicePresident: Mr Michele Colaninno, who is member of Piaggio & C. SpA’s board of directors as well as CEO and COO of the Immsi Group, which controls the Piaggio Group and also holds investments in a number of important Italian industrial groups.

«Congratulations to Mr Stefan Pierer for his election as ACEM President», stated Dr Wolfgang Srb, FIM Europe President. «ACEM carries out an important job and FIM Europe is looking forward to a close cooperation to achieve our common goals».

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FIM Europe mourns the death of its champion Steven Lenoir

FIM Europe is saddened to announce that Steven Lenoir has died today after a crash during qualifying at Cassel, in France. The 25 year-old French rider had won the European Championship in EMX2 in 2010 (the photos, @Youthstream, show him in this

occasion). In 2015 he had won also the MX2 British Championship. He was currently second in the British MX1 championship. Today he was preparing for a race in Cassel, in memory of Tim Potisek: a race that he had won in 2015.

Lenoir is reported to have had a huge crash this morning in practice and was airlifted to hospital in Lille. But it has now been confirmed he passed away. To his family and friends, the condolences of FIM Europe.



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FIM Europe MAG 3/2017  

Official magazine of FIM Europe, the Continental Union recognised by FIM (Federation International de Motocyclisme), that represents 47 Nati...