Legends such as Giacomo Agostini, Roger de Coster, Jordi Tarres, Anders Eriksson, Ivan Mauger and Katja Poensgen were joined on stage by the likes of Jorge Lorenzo, Antonio Elias, Massimiliano Biaggi, Antonio Cairoli, Toni Bou, David Knight, Tomasz Gollob, Stephanie Laier, Ludivine Puy, and Laia Sanz as winners of their respective FIM World Championships.
The FIM also made three special presentations for FIM Rookie of the Year, FIM Woman of the Year and FIM Personality of the Year. These three awards were voted by the media, fans, teams, industry and riders via the FIM-LIVE.com website during more recent weeks, with over twelve thousand votes being received in total.
The winner of the FIM Rookie of the Year was Darcy Ward (FIM Speedway Under 21 World Champion). Germany’s Stephanie Laier (FIM Women’s Motocross World Champion) was voted FIM Woman of the Year, whilst Tomasz Gollob from Poland (FIM Speedway World Champion) received the award for FIM Personality of the Year.
“This is a very special evening, to have so many FIM World Champions and the FIM family together in one place. I am delighted to have this opportunity to celebrate the achievements of these riders, and to show to the World just how strong motorcycle sport is even during these difficult times,” stated Vito Ippolito, FIM President.
“I would like to thank all the riders and teams for taking time out of their busy schedules to be here this evening, and for understanding the importance of this event both for the FIM and for motorcycle sport as a whole,” he added.