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HOW TO PROTECT AND FOSTER BIODIVERSITY IN MOTORCYCLING SPORT

The FIM is organising within the framework of the World Environment Day 2020, an Online Conference “How to protect and foster biodiversity in motorcycle sport”.

Five top experts covering Sustainability, Biodiversity and Motorsport will present successful case studies from the field:

Kattia Juárez (El Salvador)Sustainability Expert and Consultant | Promoter of Sustainability in Motorsport | Environmental Management Specialist
Kattia is an Agricultural Engineer from the University of El Salvador with an MBA and a background in Sustainability Management from Cambridge University. With more than 20 years of experience, Kattia has participated in conferences and training events in more than 25 countries on four continents. She is the Director of Sustainability for the FIM (International Motorcycling Federation) since the end of 2010, and she has been FIM’s environmental delegate for more than 20 years. She is the creator of projects such as Ride Green Ambassadors and promotor of KISS Programme. She is the author of the Ride Green 25 anniversary book and other guides. Kattia has extensive experience in both sustainability and the motorsport sector. Recently Kattia has obtained a certificate in environmental standards implementation (ISO 20121) from the British International Standard.

Joan Fontserè (Spain) – Director of the Circuit Barcelona Catalunya
Joan has extensive experience in the motorsport sector, which is put to good use in his current role as Head of Motorsport at Octagon Esedos. His expertise has been instrumental in the Circuit Barcelona Catalunya winning the Environmental Award for a third time last year having previously also achieved this prestigious accolade in 2012 and 2016.


At the heart of their success is the fact they have invested to create an area which is sustainable whilst minimising environmental impact. Visitors to the circuit can enjoy and benefit from the transformation and creation of an amazing natural space which is home to many natural species. Equally the enormous natural area that surrounds the circuit is very important for its biodiversity.

MsC Mikael Norén (Sweden) – Former Motocross Rider
Mikael made the transition from racer to official by becoming a Member of the FIM International Sustainability Commission after he hung up his boots. As well as being a keen off road rider the Swede also has a Master Degree in environmental sciences/business administration, given rise to his work as a sustainability consultant, mainly in the motorsport sector and as the CEO for a sustainability company.


Mikael is also a consultant for the Swedish federation, his specialism is in recognising and refining the potential for biodiversity of motorsport tracks in order to shift the pattern in this area. He has participated in numerous seminars and national clubs, using his knowledge and passion to educate and raise awareness about the importance of promoting and caring about nature.

Dr. Professor Nils Ryrholm (Sweden) – The professor from Gävle University
Professor Ryrholm holds a PhD in entomology at Uppsala University having graduated from the Gothenburg University BSc of Biology, chemistry and others.


In addition to being a member of different Boards, he is a member of the Butterfly Conservation Europe and member on the advisory board for the Swedish national encyclopaedia. Alongside this Professor Ryrholm is a national consultant in environment and biodiversity issues for the Swedish motorcycle association.


Nils has lead different conservation projects and participates in different consultations related to climate in both the private and public sector.


He is an accomplished lecturer, keynote speaker and member of different panels for different European universities. Nils covers in trend topics as sustainable development, global warming, biodiversity, ecosystem services, habitat destruction, species monitoring and red listing of endangered species both on a national and international level. Professor Ryrholm has been awarded and nominated by several associations lately, and is an Honorary Member of the Finnish Lepidopterological society.

Dr. Ing Karl-Friedrich Ziegahn (Germany) – Member of the Board of Directors of KIT
Doctor Ziegahn’s resume is extensive and includes the following points of note: He is a Member of the Board of Directors of KIT, Head of Division “Natural and Build Environment”, is responsible for faculties (schools) on Civil Engineering, Geosciences, Environment Sciences and Architecture as well as for Helmholtz research programmes “Renewable Energies” (RE), “Energy Efficiency” (EMR) and “Atmospheric and Climate Research” (ATMO).


He has also participated in different appointments and honorary duties, the last of these was with the European Physical Society (EPS), plus he participates in the Advisory Board on Science Policy too.


In the sporting arena, Karl has been involved in different areas since he was a co-driver in rallies. His hectic schedule includes being the father of 3 kids who are involved in motorsport, plus being a sport and environmental licence holder and a member of the CID and Instructor of the CID. Currently Doctor Ziegahn is the delegate link for sustainability between the FIA and FIM.

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INFORMATION – FIM SPEEDWAY GRAND PRIX WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP – CALENDAR UPDATE 01 JUNE – ADRIAN FLUX BRITISH FIM SPEEDWAY GRAND PRIX CANCELLED

Please find enclosed the Press Release / FIM Speedway Grand Prix World Championship 2020 Calendar UPDATE 01 JUNE.


Adrian Flux British FIM Speedway Grand Prix cancelled

Due to ongoing health concerns and UK government restrictions regarding COVID-19, we regret to announce that the 2020 Adrian Flux British FIM Speedway Grand Prix, scheduled to take place at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium on July 18, has been cancelled.

This decision was made after careful consideration and consultation with the FIM, BSI Speedway, Principality Stadium, Welsh Government and Cardiff City Council, with the health and safety of supporters and riders remaining the top priority.

Due to the considerable logistical issues posed by the current circumstances, it was agreed that it would not be possible to stage the event at a later date in 2020.


Following discussions with Principality Stadium, we are however pleased to announce that the 2021 event – and still the 20th British FIM Speedway Grand Prix to be held at the venue – will take place on July 17, 2021.

Paul Bellamy, Managing Director & SVP of Motorsports, IMG, said: “We are extremely disappointed that we won’t get the chance to celebrate 20 years of British SGP action under the Principality Stadium roof next month.


“We know how much everyone looks forward to the British SGP weekend in Cardiff – a chance to meet up with fans and friends from around the world, enjoy great racing and experience the unique atmosphere generated by our thousands of fans.


“Our focus will now be on delivering a fantastic event on 17 July 2021 to celebrate the 20th staging of the British SGP in Cardiff in style.


 “Meanwhile we are working hard with the FIM, our venues and stakeholders on our re-arranged plans for the 2020 FIM Speedway World Championships presented by Monster Energy later this year and will issue further updates on that in due course.”

Triple world champion Tai Woffinden looks forward to returning to the Welsh capital next summer. He said: “The British SGP is always an awesome weekend, so I’m gutted I won’t get the chance to race in front of a Cardiff crowd this year.


“But that only makes me hungrier for next season’s event. The atmosphere is unreal. It’s always a special night and I can’t wait to be back in July next year. Stay safe and I’ll see you all then!”

We thank our fans for their ongoing support and look forward to seeing everyone at next year’s Adrian Flux British FIM Speedway Grand Prix at the Principality Stadium.

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INFORMATION – FIM GRAND PRIX WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP – CALENDAR, UPDATE 01 JUNE – MOTUL GRAND PRIX OF JAPAN CANCELLED

Please find enclosed the Press Release / FIM Grand Prix World Championship 2020 Calendar, UPDATE 01 JUNE.

Motul Grand Prix of Japan cancelled
The FIM, IRTA and Dorna Sports regret to announce the cancellation of the Motul Grand Prix of Japan. The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic has obliged the cancellation of the event, which was set to take place from the 16th to the 18th of October at the Twin Ring Motegi.

The home of MotoGP™ manufacturers Honda, Yamaha and Suzuki, Japan is vital to the global presence and success of MotoGP™.

The iconic Twin Ring Motegi has been on the calendar since 1999 and the FIM, IRTA and Dorna Sports very much look forward to returning to race at the venue in 2021, in front of some of the most dedicated and loyal fans in the world.

Kaoru Tanaka, President, Mobilityland Corporation: “Mobilityland has been preparing for this year’s MotoGP Japanese Grand Prix, however the situations in Japan and Europe are unpredictable and the extension of the international travel ban is expected. As a result of our discussions with Dorna, the managerial body of the series, we agreed that we have no choice but to cancel the Japanese GP in order to complete the season.

“We understand that this is a great disappointment for fans and all related parties. We thank you for your understanding.”

Carmelo Ezpeleta, CEO of Dorna Sports: “It is with great sadness that we announce the cancellation of the Motul Grand Prix of Japan at the very unique Motegi circuit, meaning we will not have a Japanese Grand Prix on the calendar for the first time since 1986.

 “The MotoGP family is working very hard to be able to re-start the racing season and hold as many events as possible, and in the safest way possible. For this reason, the FIM and Dorna, in consultation with IRTA and MSMA, have decided that, until mid-November, MotoGP will remain in Europe to do as many European MotoGP events as we are able to. Therefore, overseas events, if at all possible, should be scheduled after mid-November – which would be too late in the year for the Motul Grand Prix of Japan to be held.

“For this reason it has been decided, in consultation with Mobilityland, that the Motul Grand Prix of Japan cannot be held in 2020. I very much thank Mobilityland for the support given to MotoGP.

“On behalf of Dorna, I would also like to thank all the fans for their understanding and patience as we wait for the situation to improve. We very much look forward to returning to Motegi next year.”

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INFORMATION – FIM SIDECAR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP – 2020 CALENDAR, UPDATE 29 MAY

Please find enclosed the Press Release / FIM Sidecar World Championship 2020 Calendar, UPDATE 29 MAY.

With the ongoing impact internationally and continued travel restrictions due to the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, the FIM and RKB-F1/Santander Salt Ltd organisational team have had to make the following changes to the 2020 calendar.

With the support of the Hungarian Motorcycle Sport Federation (MAMS), the round originally scheduled at Pannonia Ring on 27-28 June is now postponed to September, the new date is to be confirmed.

For the same reason, the British round initially scheduled on the 25-26 of July at Brands Hatch is postponed. The Promoter, the FIM and the Auto Cycle Union (ACU) are working to find a new suitable date.

We would also like to thank everyone involved for their understanding during this period, as we continue to work hard to preserve as much of the 2020 championship as possible whilst taking into consideration and respecting all the protocols that are in place and whilst monitoring all the national announcements day-by-day in order to ensure the safety of everyone involved.

Further information will be communicated in due course.

Revised dates are as follows:

DATE VENUE COUNTRY FMN
TBC TBC Great Britain ACU


29-30 August Le Mans France FFM
04-06 September Rijeka Croatia HMS
26-27 September TBC Pannoniaring Hungary MAMS
03-04 October Oschersleben Germany DMSB
17-18 October Lausitzring Germany DMSB
24-25 October Estoril Portugal FMP

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INFORMATION – MOTUL FIM SUPERBIKE / SUPERSPORT AND SUPERSPORT 300 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS – UPDATE: 2020 SEASON SITUATION FEATURES POSITIVE PROSPECTS

Please find enclosed the Press Release / MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship/ FIM Supersport and Supersport 300 World Championships.

UPDATE: 2020 WorldSBK season situation features positive prospects
Progress is being made in order to have the World Superbike Championship restart under safe conditions this season. The 2020 MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship is working hard on resuming racing action for the remainder of the season, amidst the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The Championship started in fine style at Phillip Island and now, Dorna WSBK Organization would like to issue an update on the plans to get racing back underway, with the initial racing plan taking place in the month of August once permission is approved.

The Circuito de Jerez – Angel Nieto should welcome the restart of the season on 31 July–2 August, before going to the Autodromo Internacional do Algarve in Portugal a week later on 7–9 August. The season should then follow our current provisional schedule, at the MotorLand Aragon venue on 28–30 August. The health of everybody is at the forefront of decision making and these rounds within the Iberian Peninsula are planned to be held behind closed doors, in-line with social distancing measures and medical guidelines set by the Spanish and Portuguese governments. Nevertheless, the situation is evolving, and we will adapt our protocols to the situation of the time.

Furthermore, updates have been made to the following events: the British and Dutch Rounds held at Donington Park and TT Circuit Assen respectively, have been postponed. The Dutch round itself has already been rescheduled once, from 17–19 April to 21–23 August. However, new plans are underway with the best interests in mind, given the current restrictions in place that affect major sporting events within both the UK and the Netherlands. Further updates for the end season calendar will be communicated soon in order to further clarify the calendar situation.

The FIM and Dorna WSBK Organization are evaluating the different scenarios and adapting to each situation in each of the countries we should visit on a day-by-day basis. Our gratitude once again goes to all parties involved within the WorldSBK fraternity for their continued support.

However, whichever decision is reached will have the health and safety at the forefront and that is something simply uncompromisable during these challenging times.


Gregorio Lavilla, WorldSBK Executive Director, Sporting and Organization Departments, said: Gregorio Lavilla, WorldSBK Executive Director, Sporting and Organization Departments, said: “We are very positive about the future, as all the signs are pointing in a good direction to start in Jerez. We are looking at all possible scenarios for all three classes to race, although we continue to work hard on finding the optimum scenario for all parties. A lot will depend on the mesures that various governments will implement As for Donington Park and Assen, we are working with the circuits and governments to establish the best possible outcome for all, with the intention to hold those rounds towards the end of the 2020 season.”

Any further updates will be communicated accordingly.

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INFORMATION – FIM GRAND PRIX WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP – BRITISH AND AUSTRALIAN GRANDS PRIX CANCELLED

Please find enclosed the Press Release / FIM Grand Prix World Championship 2020 Calendar, UPDATE 29 MAY.

British and Australian Grands Prix cancelled
The FIM, IRTA and Dorna Sports regret to announce the cancellation of the British and Australian Grands Prix. The ongoing coronavirus outbreak and resulting calendar changes have obliged the cancellation of both events.

The British Grand Prix was set to take place from 28 to 30 August at the classic Silverstone Circuit. Silverstone hosted the first Grands Prix held on the British mainland from 1977, and MotoGP™ returned to the illustrious track ten years ago. 2020 will now sadly mark the first year MotoGP™ sees no track action in the British Isles for the first time in the Championship’s more than 70-year history.

The Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix was set to take place at the legendary Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit from 23 to 25 October. Phillip Island hosted the very first Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix in 1989 and since 1997 has been the only home of MotoGP™ Down Under – with its unique layout providing some of the greatest battles ever witnessed on two wheels.

The cancellation of the British Grand Prix also obliges the cancellation of the corresponding British Talent Cup track activity at the same event.


Stuart Pringle, Silverstone Managing Director: “We are extremely disappointed about the cancellation of the British MotoGP event, not least as the cancelled race in 2018 is still such a recent memory, but we support the decision that has had to be taken at this exceptional time.

 “I want to thank the stoic British fans for their patience and support.  We must now look forward to 2021 when Silverstone will once again host the fastest and most historic MotoGP race on the calendar and work hard to make it a truly exceptional event for all to enjoy.”


Paul Little AO, Australian Grand Prix Corporation Chairman: “We’re very disappointed that MotoGP fans throughout Victoria, Australia and internationally won’t get the chance to make the pilgrimage to see the world’s best riders compete on one of the best circuits anywhere in the world, but the right decision has been made.


 “The Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix puts Phillip Island on the global stage and it’ll be back better than ever in 2021.”

Carmelo Ezpeleta, CEO of Dorna Sports: “We’re saddened to have to announce the cancellation of these iconic events after finding no way through the logistical and operational issues resulting from the pandemic and rearranged calendar. Silverstone and Phillip Island are always two of the most thrilling race weekends of the season, with both tracks never failing in their promise to deliver some of the closest racing in our Championship.


 “On behalf of Dorna, I would like to once again extend my thanks to the fans for their understanding and patience as we wait for the situation to improve. We look forward to returning to Silverstone and Phillip Island next year for more incredible battles.”

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