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THE FIM BOARD OF DIRECTORS MET AT THE FIM HQ IN MIES (SWITZERLAND) ON 7 AND 8 SEPTEMBER 2022

For the first time since February 2020 and the sanitary measures resulting from the COVID-pandemic, the entire FIM Board of Directors met face-to-face at the FIM HQ in Mies (Switzerland) on 7 and 8 September 2022.

On this occasion, the Board addressed many topics, in particular the following:

Situation in Ukraine: The Board of Directors reiterated its sympathy and solidarity with all those suffering, as a result of the Russian invasion in Ukraine. After having carefully considered the situation, the Board once again confirmed the decisions taken during its extraordinary meeting on 5 March 2022.

Sport: All disciplines were discussed with a focus on the promotion of the FIM Supercross World Championship and the 4-year renewal of the promotion contract with XIEM for the FIM SuperMoto World Championship. In addition, a reform of the Trial discipline as of 2023 was approved. Decision was made to revise regulations of the SuperMoto of Nations and Junior SuperMoto of Nations related to the awarding of points. Discussions related to the level of sound emissions also took place. Considering the current economic situation, the increase in transportation costs and airfreight, the Board decided to provide a travel indemnity of EUR 3’000 per National Federation (including the Continental Union teams) entering the Motocross of Nations. The sprint races to be introduced at all FIM MotoGP™ World Championship events as of 2023 were also addressed. The phase 2 of the FIM Racing Homologation Programme for helmets (FRHPhe-02) was presented to the Board.

Finance: The Board agreed on a draft 2023 budget as well as changes in calendar and licence fees which will be presented to the General Assembly for approval. The 2023 direct payments were also agreed upon.

Liaison with National Federations (FMNs)/Continental Unions (CONUs): The Board decided to submit the affiliations of Georgia and Barbados for approval to the 2022 General Assembly. An update on the FMNs/CONUs liaison initiatives and activities was presented as well as the results of the survey about cooperation between the FIM, CONUs and FMNs.

Marketing & Digital: Topics such as new digital and media opportunities (i.e. Web3, non-fungible tokens (NFT), Over-The-Top (OTT) etc.), the branding and sponsoring coverage of the 2022 ISDE edition (“6 Days”), the marketing initiatives launched for the “Ride to FIM Awards – the Future of Motorcycling”, the creation of a dedicated website for the FIM Flat Track World Championship, the launch of the 2nd edition of the “FIM Rides the World” video series as well as an update on the FIM Brand Identity tender were presented.

Commissions: It was reminded to the Board that all Commission Directors’ and Members’ terms of office will expire at the end of this year. The online application platform is now open until 30 September. Commission Directors and Members (with the exception of the LJI Director and Members) will be appointed for 2023-2026 by the Board during its meeting to be held on 3 December in Rimini (Italy).

International Foundation for Motorcycling (IFM): Since the IFM’s creation at the end of 2020, the first ever audited financial statements and management report were approved by the Foundation Board as well as the Swiss supervisory authority for the foundations.

General Assembly and FIM Awards: The Board decided to hold the 2023 FIM Commissions Conference in Lille (France). The options for the venue of the 2023 FIM Awards and General Assembly were discussed and a decision in this regard will be taken shortly.

Amendments to Codes and Regulations: Amendments to the Sporting Code that will subsequently be submitted to the General Assembly were approved, as well as several amendments to the Medical Code.

Awards & Recognition: The Board awarded distinctions as well as several honorary memberships and title of Member of Honour, subject to the approval of the General Assembly.

The CONU Presidents, the Board Committees, the Working Groups and the departments of the Administration presented progress reports on their respective projects.

In addition, the CONU Presidents met on 8 September to share best practices and addressed topics such as the harmonisation of codes and general structure, the cooperation between the FIM and the CONUs, the sporting calendars, education & training as well as communication.

Picture Caption: From right: Peter DOYLE (FIM Oceania President); Pedro VENTURO Jr (FIM Latin America President; Stephan CARAPIET (FIM Asia President); Abdulrahmann AL MANNAI (Board Member); Jan STOVICEK (Board Member); Jacques BOLLE (Vice-President); Françoise EMERY (FIM CEO); Jorge VIEGAS (FIM President); Ignacio VERNEDA (Deputy President); Håkan LEEMAN (Board Member); Giovanni COPIOLI (Board Member); Robert DINGMAN (FIM North America President); Michał Sikora (FIM Europe President); Marco COMANA (FIM Africa President) and Damiano Zamana (FIM Deputy CEO) © FIM

FIM REAFFIRMS THE FIM WORLD SUPERCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP AS THE SOLE SANCTIONED WORLD SUPERCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES

Please find enclosed the Press Release

FIM Reaffirms the FIM World Supercross Championship as the Sole Sanctioned World Supercross Championship Series.

MIES, SWITZERLAND, August 23, 2022 – In light of recently announced developments in the marketplace, Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM), the global governing body of motorcycle racing, reaffirms that the FIM World Supercross Championship remains the only supercross world championship series that is recognised and sanctioned by the FIM.  Whilst the AMA Motocross and Supercross Championships are successful domestic Championships in their respective own rights, these domestic championships do not combine to score points towards any official FIM sanctioned World Championship as this is entirely contrary to the exclusive rights granted to SX Global as the exclusive sanctioned FIM World Supercross Championship promoter.  No other sanctioned world championship exists in the sport of supercross, and no winner of any other competition will be acknowledged as “world champion” by the FIM.

The FIM has selected SX Global as its sole and exclusive world championship partner due in large part to its inclusive global approach, its deep experience in motorsports, and its commitment to creating an elevated supercross experience for riders, teams, fans, brands and broadcast partners.


Reinforcing the position of the World governing body, which is the sole recognised competent authority in motorcycle sport by the International Olympic Committee, FIM President Jorge Viegas stated: “SX Global is the exclusive current right holder for the FIM World Supercross Championship. I look forward to attending the opening round of the 2022 FIM World Supercross Championship in October which will definitely mark the beginning of a thrilling season.”

SX Global’s model for the FIM World Supercross Championship has been designed to promote a diversity of riders, team, and partners to attract and grow fans around the world – underpinned by a global roster of teams and riders and an inclusive, partnership-driven approach of operational and financial advocacy. In total, more than USD$50 million has been designated specifically for team and rider support over the first five (5) years of the FIM World Supercross Championship, ensuring a well-capitalized effort focused on uniting all constituents in pursuit of a global championship and culminating in the crowning of a single, sanctioned world champion.

The opening round of the pilot season of the 2022 FIM World Supercross Championship is set to take place on Saturday 8th October at the iconic Welsh National Stadium, the Principality Stadium in Cardiff, as lead up to a full global championship taking place in 2023.

Details can be found at https://wsxchampionship.com/

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FIM SIDECAR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP – SANTANDER SALT TO SIGN OFF AT THE END OF THE SEASON

Please find enclosed the Press Release / FIM Sidecar World Championship Santander Salt to sign off at the end of the season


The close of the 2022 season will see Santander Salt, the promoter of the FIM Sidecar World Championship, sign off on their period in charge of the series in agreement with the FIM. The UK based organisation has been responsible for changing the fortunes of the championship, with the series now enjoying a much-improved profile and increased exposure. The impact of Brexit, the global pandemic, and more recently the Russian invasion of Ukraine have all contributed to Santander Salt reaching their decision not to continue beyond the end of the current campaign.

Following this difficult decision, the FIM President Jorge Viegas said: “On behalf of the FIM, I would like to thank Roger Body and the entire Santander Salt team for having deployed their best efforts and contributed with strong passion to the growth of this spectacular championship in an extremely difficult context. The FIM will try to find a new promoter for the FIM Sidecar World Championship from 2023 onwards.”

Roger Body added: “After much deliberation and with regret I have decided that the time has come for me retire from the front line in organising the world and British Sidecar championships. I have enjoyed immensely the involvement with the series and the people and friendships formed along the way. I would have liked to achieve more but I think it is time for young blood and fresh thinking. I wish all those involved in the future the best of luck. Thanks to the FIM and all those that helped along the way.”

More details will be announced in due course.

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