On Wednesday 1st July @16.00hrs CET the FIM Women in Motorcycling campaign will provide a unique opportunity as some of the leading ladies from the TrialGP Women series will be the guest speakers on a special webinar.
Britain’s current and six times FIM Women Trial World Champion Emma Bristow will be joined by other female title challengers Sandra Gomez, Berta Abellan from Spain plus America’s very own Maddie Hoover.
The hour-long session will cover topics associated with the ongoing Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. Looking into how the girls have stayed fit and focused during this difficult period and how they have adapted their training regimes to suit the new circumstances in order that they can return to competition come early September in the best shape both physically and mentally.
Former FIM Women Trial World Champion and now FIM Women in Motorcycling Ambassador Iris Kramer will host the session adding her own knowledge and experience to what promises to be an engaging discussion, with the German gold medallist still deeply committed to the series in her dual role as the FIM Women’s Section Advisor and part of the FIM Women’s Race Direction too.
To join Iris and guests On Wednesday 1st July @16.00hrs CET
During the ongoing pause in the various FIM Motocross World Championships due to the ongoing Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic and following on from the initial video in the series the FIM and MXGP Promoter Infront Moto Racing are pleased to share the second film that provides an in-depth insight into rider safety equipment.
KTM factory rider and 3 times FIM Motocross World Champion (JuniorMX65cc & 2 MX2), Jorge Prado explains in great detail about each piece of equipment – paying special attention to relevant areas from head to toe and the important function of the individual items whilst also revealing his own safety tips. Watch and learn from one of the World’s best MXGP riders and understand the importance he puts on being safe whilst out on track.
New global initiative unites the sporting community to encourage policymakers to safely re-open sporting events and fan participation as soon as possible.
New global initiative unites the sporting community to encourage policymakers to safely re-open sporting events and fan participation as soon as possible.
Today #Sport4Recovery, a global campaign to encourage policymakers to safely re-open organised sport, was launched by a group of governing bodies and other stakeholders from across different sport. In addition to communicating with policymakers, the campaign aims to work with the scientific community to highlight the importance of sport for mental and physical health recovery as well as to mobilise athletes and sports fans.
Sarah Lewis, Secretary General of the International Ski Federation (FIS) and the Association of the International Olympic Winter Sports Federations (AIOWF) said: “We believe that sport can serve as a role model for other sectors of society in demonstrating and promoting the organisation of safe and controlled activities and we welcome sports organisations and stakeholders involved in sport around the world to join our movement. After all, organised sport is already staged according to controlled procedures and comprehensive health and safety protocols to ensure the wellbeing of all involved.”
“With the cessation of organised sport comes tremendous uncertainty presently for our sector, including the grassroots and youth development level, which has been shaped and grown over decades and provides a key societal function as well as an important economic impact contribution globally, nationally and in local communities,” added Patrick Comninos, CEO of the Basketball Champions League.
Therefore, we the undersigned, call on governments to:
1. Recognise the importance of organised sport given its societal, physical and mental health benefits, especially as we emerge from months of lockdown that has restricted the ability of athletes to participate in their livelihoods and fans the opportunity to watch sport.
2. Work with sports governing bodies and other stakeholders to develop and approve detailed protocols to enable the timely re-opening of venues, training and competition.
3. Protect the sports sector from further massive economic and structural damage by actively supporting the development of a sustainable pathway to re-open when it is safe for everyone involved.
4. Ease national and international travel and accommodation regulations for top athletes, teams and officials, in line with health and safety protocols.
5. Consider the needs of each individual sport; support for women’s sports both at the grassroots and top level; and the importance of sport for the disabled.
And in line with the safety principles that are being established for other sectors:
6. Enable spectators to attend live sporting events.
7. Allow amateur sports clubs and facilities to open.
8. Begin to ease national and international travel and accommodation regulations for spectators and fans.
“After months of lockdown, sport is the perfect outlet to help people recover,” said Roberto Re, Leadership and Mental Coach. “Be it watching sports or participating in physical activity, sport encourages physical and mental fulfilment. As countries across the world open up, it is imperative that we create an environment that provides reassurance, particularly for children, that fun and excitement is returning to life. We can and should provide a sense of normalcy after months of uncertainty and for many, boredom”.
“I am fully endorsing #Sport4Recovery and can’t wait to come together safely post-lockdown and for all of us to be at our very best – physically, mentally and emotionally. Opening up organised sports is just the boost we all need, not only athletes, but also fans and passionate about sports, that everyday practice their favourite sport,” commented Filippo Tortu, 100 metres Italian recordholder and finalist at 2019 IAAF World Athletics Championships in Doha.
#Sport4Recovery is fully committed to working with governments and health authorities to ensure this is done safely – in accordance with the necessary measures such as testing for top athletes, social distancing, defined hygiene measures, as well as monitoring and tracking protocols sanctioned by government authorities.
The founding underwriters of the #Sport4Recovery manifesto are (in alphabetical order): Alliance of European Hockey Clubs (E.H.C.), Basketball Champions League, Basketball Champions League Americas, European Volleyball Federation (CEV), French Swimming Federation, International Basketball Federation (FIBA), International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF), International Motorcycling Federation (FIM), International Ski Federation (FIS), Italian Athletics Federation (FIDAL), Italian Golf Federation (FIG), Italian Ice Sports Association (FISG), Infront, Le Five, Lega Serie A, MXGP, and Sporsora.
With the current pause in the various FIM Motocross World Championships due to the ongoing Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, the FIM and MXGP Promoter Infront Moto Racing have taken the opportunity to create a series of informative videos that shares important information and provides a unique behind the scenes insight to the sport.
Click on the image to know more about the Administrative and Technical controls in the FIM Motocross World Championships. This informative film was produced by Infront Moto Racing
The short films showcase the role of the FIM Motocross Commission and the national federations, plus illustrate how FIM volunteers can progress to becoming FIM Officials with the correct training and experience. Whilst often unseen, the team of technical and administrative staff play a key part in ensuring the safety of riders, and in maintaining the integrity of fairness of the championship. Watch and learn as the riders go through the relevant processes before being allowed to head out on track.
Antonio Alia Portela – Director of the FIM Motocross Commission (CMS) explained the main purpose of the videos. “As we all prepare to go racing again in the coming months, we felt it was a good moment to show the work of the FIM, the national federations, Infront Moto Racing staff, FIM Officials and volunteers and the important role that they play in delivering our sport at the highest level. Safety has become a critical focus for the FIM in more recent years and especially in motocross where the riders are pushing themselves to the limit. We are sure that riders both amateur and professional can learn something from these short films. We would like to thank our promoter Infront Moto Racing for producing and supporting us with these educational videos.”
David Luongo – Infront Moto Racing CEO added. “Safety has always been our top priority and through the past years, the FIM MXGP Motocross World Championship has always been a pioneer in this subject. Alongside our colleagues at the FIM and the national federations, our staff take safety as their main focus, starting from the track design and preparation of the event and ensuring that all the administration and technical procedures are completed correct. The second video will provide an in-depth insight into rider safety equipment. We have been pleased to collaborate with the FIM to produce these informative films.”
Following the decisions taken during the last meeting held in Lisbon on 3 March, with the Cross-Country Rally teams, A.S.O. and the FIM and taking in consideration the difficult situation for the technical development and testing of the motorcycles in Cross-Country Rally, the FIM can announce the sporting rules and safety measures that will apply in the FIM Cross-Country Rally World Championship and Dakar in the RallyGP class for 2021.
The measures that will be applicable for the 2021 Dakar and the 2021 FIM Cross-Country World Championship are:
Limitation of the number of rear tyres to 6 for the 12 stages (30 min penalties for non-compliance). For shorter rallies: 1 tyre for 2 Days of racing. For example, a rally consisting of 1 Prologue and 5 days, the limitation will be 3 tyres.
Single brand and model of rear tyre for the entire rally (1 hour penalty for non-compliance)
Possibility to change only one piston during the entire rally (10 min penalties for non-compliance)
No intervention on the motorcycle allowed during refuelling (only the road book dispenser can be opened to change the road book if necessary).
Sound alert on danger 2 and 3 (will be tested in Rally Morocco in 2020) using the sentinel.
Wearing of an Air Bag Vest equipped with passive safety paddings is mandatory.
Work on the itinerary: search for the slowest possible route, setting up slow zones if the ground is poor and fast especially in the HP zones, more WPs on the risk points.
First aid training certificate compulsory for all motorcycle riders.
Moreover, the following safety measures will also apply in 2021 for Elite riders (RallyGP Riders):
Navigation tower protected by foam for Elite riders (RallyGP Riders), especially the road book reader, best practice in order to reduce impact to the rider.
Detachable front windscreen, in case of impact by the rider (mandatory for Elite riders (RallyGP Riders) in 2021 Dakar rules).
No engine power reduction with air-intake restrictors that require an ECU re-setting will be done for the 2021 season. Engine development will be done until the end of 2021 for the reduction of the power of the machines.
Electronic road book will be tested in 2021 and should be implemented in 2022.
All these measures taken alone may seem minimal, but when taken together they can significantly reduce the speed and increase the safety of the riders.
Finally the 2020 Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup season has wings and a 12 race season. With the ongoing support of Dorna as part of the Road to MotoGP structure, the fourteenth Cup season will begin with four races over back-to-back weekends at the Red Bull Ring following a three day preseason test at the same venue in the first week of August.
Alongside the other Grand Prix classes the double weekend theme continues with four races at Motorland Aragón in October and the remaining quartet in November at the Ricardo Tormo circuit in Valencia.
The twenty-six Rookies come from across the globe and are desperate to get on their KTM RC 250 Rs having shared the motorsport world’s frustration following the cancelation of the original test in Jerez in April and the delayed start to the season.
Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup Calendar 2020
August 2-4: Preseason Test in Spielberg, Austria
August 15-16: Race 1 & Race 2 in Spielberg, Austria
August 22-23: Race 3 & Race 4 in Spielberg, Austria
Please find enclosed the Press Release / FIM MXGP/MX2/ Women’s Motocross World Championships
MXGP unveil the updated 2020 Calendar
During the last four months, Infront Moto Racing alongside the FIM, National Federations and organisers have been continuously involved in discussions with local governments with the common goal to preserve the maximum number of events in order to deliver a credible Championship and at the same time to support all the stakeholders in Motocross.
Unfortunately, the MXGPs of Czech Republic, Sweden, Finland, Germany, Indonesia and Asia have been postponed to 2021.
Principle modifications to the calendar:
The MXGP calendar will resume with three consecutive events in Kegums; the MXGP of Latvia (8/9 August), Riga (11/12 August) and Kegums (15/16 August).
The MXGP of Emilia Romagna will change venue to Faenza for two consecutive events: the MXGP of Italy (15/16 September) and the MXGP of Emilia Romagna (19/20 September).
The MXGP of Winchester in Matterley Basin (Great Britain) on 26/27 September.
New on the calendar is the MXGP Lombardia in Mantova (Italy-3/4 October).
There will be three consecutive events in Lommel (Belgium); the MXGP of Flanders (17/18 October), Limburg (20/21 October) and Lommel (24/25 October)
MXGP of Trentino in Pietramurata (Italy) has been scheduled on a later date (31 October/1 November).
The MXGP of Russia and the MXGP of Portugal remain part of the 2020 FIM Motocross World Championship calendar as TBC depending on the ongoing national conditions.
Unfortunately, the Monster Energy FIM Motocross of Nations in Ernée, France has had to be postponed to 2023 due to the severe restrictions related to the ongoing Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, which forbid mass public gatherings in France. Infront Moto Racing are now working with Steve Dixon to bring the 2020 Monster Energy FIM MXoN to Matterley Basin (Great Britain); the event, which is nearly 3 months away will conform to the outdoor event guidance regulations.
Additional information: In order to provide the riders with a longer recovery period, the MXGP and MX2 race action will be concentrated on one day, with free/timed practice taking place in the morning and the races starting from 12h00 into the afternoon. The European Championship and/or the Women’s World Championship will be run on the day prior. Participants in the FIM Motocross of Nations will also gain points towards the FIM MXGP/MX2 Motocross World Championships. Infront Moto Racing and the FIM are working on the regulations for this new format, with the principle and the soul of the Nations event very much in mind.
Prior to each event, Infront will inform all the stakeholders, media and fans about the specific COVID-19 restrictions and protocols in place.
Infront Moto Racing and the FIM would like to thank the National Federations, organisers, the manufacturers, partners, riders, teams and fans for their cooperation, patience, understanding and support.
INFORMATION AND REMINDER The FIM MotoGP™ Stewards have been advised of possible breaches of the FIM Grand Prix Regulations covering practice and testing, specifically Article 1.15.1. c) Rider Training and Track familiarisation, regarding the type of machines permitted for rider training.
As a reminder and following the decision of the Grand Prix Commission published on 27 May 2020, riders in Moto3 and Moto2 classes are not permitted to make further private testing in 2020 until further notice, the same applies to MotoGP class riders unless they are riding for Manufacturers that qualify for concessions. Practice and testing restrictions for all classes are expressly provided for in Article 1.15.1 of the FIM Grand Prix Regulations, including details of what machines are allowed to be used for Rider Training and Track Familiarisation.
Hearings for riders who may have broken the rules should be scheduled to take place at the 2020 Gran Premio Red Bull de España at the Circuito de Jerez-Angel Nieto, in order to hear from the parties concerned and to allow further time to investigate the details.
At this stage the FIM will not make any further comments on this matter.
Please find enclosed the Press Release / FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championships 2020 Calendar UPDATE 1 July.
Rally Kazakhstan cancelled Due to the ongoing Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic in Kazakhstan and Worldwide, the Automotosport Federation of the Republic for Kazakhstan and the FIM regret to announce that they have had to make difficult decision to cancel Rally Kazakhstan in 2020 rescheduled to 14 to 20 September. The Rally Organising Committee had great hopes of a speedy improvement in the global situation, with the relaxation of the imposed quarantine and other various restrictions in connection with the pandemic.
However, with a heavy heart and in accordance with government advice, the organisers have had no choice but to cancel the event in order to ensure their main priority, which as always is the health and safety of all participants, officials, volunteers and fans.
As a consequence, the final classification of the FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship and World Cups will be established on the basis of the 2020 revised FIM calendar.
Please find enclosed the Press Release / FIM Speedway Grand Prix World Championship 2020 Calendar UPDATE 30 JUNE.
2020 FIM Speedway Grand Prix Events cancelled in Russia & Germany
Due to ongoing global health concerns and crowd restrictions in Russia and Germany in light of COVID-19, we regret to announce that the 2020 Russian FIM Speedway Grand Prix and 2020 Aztorin German FIM Speedway Grand Prix have been cancelled. The events were scheduled to take place at Anatoly Stepanov Stadium on 29 August and Teterow’s Bergring Arena later this year, respectively.
The decisions were made after careful consideration and consultation with the FIM, BSI Speedway and the local venues, as well as MFR in Russia and DMSB in Germany, with the health and safety of supporters, riders and staff remaining the top priority.
Following discussions with the Anatoly Stepanov Stadium and Bergring Arena, we are pleased to announce that both the Russian FIM Speedway Grand Prix, and the Aztorin German FIM Speedway Grand Prix will return in 2021. The Aztorin German FIM Speedway Grand Prix will take place on Saturday 22 May, while the Russian FIM Speedway Grand Prix’s timing will be announced at a later date.
“We are disappointed to be cancelling two of our most popular events, but we look forward to sharing more detail in the coming weeks about the 2020 world championship contingency plan we’re developing with the FIM, involving a minimum of eight Speedway Grand Prix events,” said Paul Bellamy, Managing Director & SVP of Motorsports, IMG.
He added, “In the meantime, we thank our fans for their continued support of the series, and we look forward to returning to Russia and Germany in 2021.”