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The Board of Directors met for its third meeting of the year at the FIM HQ in Mies, Switzerland, and via videoconference on 8 and 9 September 2021

On this occasion, the Board addressed many topics, in particular the following:
COVID-19 pandemic: Thanks to the strong commitment of the FIM Family and stakeholders, all World Championships/Cups and Prizes could be held with only minor cancellations or changes in spite of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the 2021 sporting and non-sporting calendars .

Sport: All disciplines were discussed with a focus on the Supercross World Championship for which a tender for the promotion of this championship will soon be launched for the upcoming years. The status of the MiniGP World Series was addressed as well as the E-bikes, E-Motorcycles and E-Xplorer. Discussions related to the level of sound emissions took place. The Board decided to fix the new sound limit to 109dB/A with a margin of tolerance of +1dB/A (sound measuring method) for factory off-road motorcycles for 2023 and for production series off-road motorcycles for 2024. The e-sport Working Group presented its report to the Board.

Finance: The Board approved a draft 2022 budget as well as changes in calendar and licence fees which will be presented to the General Assembly for approval. The 2022 direct payments were also agreed.

Insurances: The status of the 2022-2024 international riders’ insurance programme was presented and the volunteers’ insurance project was introduced to the Board.

Public Affairs: The Board was informed of the status of the revision of the EU Motor Insurance Directive (Vnuk case). The Motorsport shall be the only sector specifically exempted from the scope of the directive. National Federations are encouraged to lobby at national level to ensure a proper integration of the exemption in the respective national legislations. After a tender process, FIPRA was retained as the new FIM’s EU public affairs consultant as of 2022.
Sustainability: The sustainability strategy developed by the International Sustainably Commission, together with external experts was presented to the Board. Discussions about alternatives energies such as electricity, eco-fuel or green-hydrogen were held.

Platforms and digitalisation: The platform listing the riders serving a period of ineligibility is ready to be implemented. It will centralise all information related to ineligibility of riders. The information on the platform will be provided by the riders’ FMNs. This tool will allow all FMNs to check the status of a rider before issuing a licence. The medical data platform (accidentology and riders’ status), aiming to provide a unique reference point for the FIM Medical Director and all FIM Chief Medical Officers, is currently being developed. This platform will allow to track the health status of the riders and to monitor the frequency and type of accident and related medical consequences in each case. The Working Group on digitalisation presented its first report to the Board. Its initial tasks included an assessment of the current state of play regarding digitalisation within the FIM and among the FMNs.

Education and training: Webinars with the participation of the FMNs were maintained with a satisfactory attendance rate. A training  aimed at FMN Secretaries General on “Resilience – how managers can manage during a crisis?” will be organised mid-October by FIM Europe with the cooperation of the FIM in Rome (Italy).

Marketing and Digital: An in-depth analysis of the marketing and digital contents of the FIM International Six Days’ Enduro was presented to the Board. The coverage on various platforms such as the website, social media, among others, was also addressed for this event for which the FIM is acting as promoter.

Communication: The FIM Hospitality will be present on 10 events on various disciplines during the 2021 season. It is the FIM official venue to host media, partners, stakeholders, meetings, officials at major racing events.

General Assembly and FIM Awards: The Board decided to hold the 2021 General Assembly and 2020-2021 FIM Awards in Monaco. Mandate was given to the Executive Board to decide on the 2022 General Assembly and 2022 FIM Awards venue. The 2022 Commissions Conference will take place in February in Divonne les Bains (France).

Amendments to Codes and Regulations: The Board approved amendments to the Statues and By Laws as well as the Sporting Code that will be submitted to the General Assembly for consideration. Several amendments to the Financial Regulations and Medical Code were also approved by the Board.

Awards & Recognition: The Board awarded the following honorary memberships and title of Member of Honour, subject to the approval of the General Assembly:

  • Andrzej Witkowski (PZM), Honorary Vice President
  • Wojcieh Grodzki (PZM), Honorary CCP Member (posthumously)
  • Johan Pieter Ribbink (KNMV), Honorary CMS Member (posthumously)
  • Charly Demathieu (FMB), Member of Honour

Commissions: The following appointment was approved by the Board:

  • CTI – Expert, Giuseppe Esposito Corcione

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

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Zoom screen from top left: Jan STOVICEK (Board Member); Robert DINGMAN (FIM North America President); Stephan CARAPIET (FIM Asia President); Peter DOYLE (FIM Oceania President); Abdulrahmann AL MANNAI (Board Member).


2021 FIM Trial World Championships – Cahors -(FRA), Sunday 29 August 2021. Trial-e

Gael Chatagno gave himself an early present when three days before his 25th birthday he piloted his Electric Motion to the 2021 Hertz FIM Trial World Championship Trial-E title on home ground at Cahors in France.

Always considered a rising star – he was the Trial125 champion in 2014 and two years later won a Trial2 round – before injuries and academic studies combined to slow his progress, Chatagno found a fresh motivation by switching to Trial-E.

After losing out on the Trial-E title on a tie-break to Spanish legend Albert Cabestany last season, Chatagno went one better in 2021 and enjoyed a clean sweep of all four points-paying days to finally clinch the crown.

He’s deep-thinking and articulate so, naturally, we wanted to find out more about what makes the man from Marseille tick – and what he feels could lie in the future for battery-powered bikes.

TrialGP: Congratulations on your Trial-E title – how does it feel to be the champion?
Gael: “I’m very happy to get this title. We won all the rounds of the championship which was our objective but it wasn’t always easy, especially the last round in Cahors where I won with only a one-point lead. These results reward all my personal work and that of my team and my entourage so we are very happy.”

TrialGP: You had a lot of success on conventional bikes in Trial125 and Trial2 – why the switch to Trial-E?
Gael: “To tell the truth, I had a lot of problems during my last years in the Trial2 world championship with a lot of injuries and a lack of training due to my studies which took more and more time.

“Even if I had some good results, I didn’t have much means and motivation to get back to my best form and then I saw that Electric Motion was releasing a new model in 2019, the new Epure Race. I called them because I thought it could be a good project for me working on a new bike with new ambitions. I think I made the right choice!”

TrialGP: How frustrating was it to miss out so narrowly to Albert Cabestany in 2020?
Gael: “At the beginning I didn’t really think about going for the Trial-E title, I just wanted to do my best, give my best and try to put the pressure on Albert. After some difficult years, I wanted to prove to myself what I was capable of and I managed to do some good things throughout the championship, in particular by winning the two races in Isola 2000.

“After the last round there was obviously some frustration but I won’t have a bad memory of it because this championship allowed me to regain confidence in myself and to prove to myself that I can be competitive.”

TrialGP: Were you surprised by how dominant you were this year?
Gael: “No, because winning all the rounds was my goal. However, it’s always easier to say than to do, especially as Julien Perret fought well throughout the championship.”

TrialGP: How have you had to adapt your style for an electric bike?
Gael: “An electric bike is almost like a combustion bike. The clutch, engine speed and coordination of movements remain the central elements of the riding. Some things change – such as the power curves which arrive more quickly than on a combustion bike or the absence of the gearbox to which you have to adapt – but, after a good month of training, you will find the same sensations as on a combustion bike. There is still work to be done to match the performance of the [combustion] bikes but we are not idle!”

TrialGP: What do you see in the future for the Trial-E class?
Gael: “It is becoming more and more difficult to find places to train, to meet and to bring new riders to trial. The development of electric models, which are much better perceived by the authorities and other users, seems to be a good solution. In any case, even if other manufacturers present themselves next year, I hope that the FIM will authorise [electric motorcycles] to ride in other categories – I am thinking of Trial2 in the short term and one day surely in TrialGP. It will be the best way to make the bike progress.”

TrialGP: Do you think an electric bike will ever be competitive in TrialGP?
Gael: “Yes, I think so. I don’t know about other electric bikes or current projects – and for EM there is still a lot of work to do – but considering the speed at which it’s evolving and the margin of progress it has left, I would say between three and five years.”

Round five of the 2021 Hertz FIM Trial World Championship takes place this coming weekend when the TrialGP and Trial2 competitors join forces with the TrialGP Women and Trial2 Women classes at the Spanish TrialGP at Pobladura de las Regueras.

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The start of the second half of the ninety-fifth running of the FIM International Six Days of Enduro (ISDE) saw riders tackle a new and much-welcomed course, taking competitors south from the event’s base at the Rivanazzano Terme Airport and featuring one-hundred and ninety-eight kilometres of fresh trails as well as several new special tests.

In the World Trophy team competition there was no change at the top of the class results, with Italy continuing to lead on home soil. In the Women’s World Trophy, the USA once again dominated, while in the Junior World Trophy, the USA dropped from second to fourth following a costly crash from Austin Walton (Husqvarna). Andrea Verona (GASGAS) ended the day as the fastest outright rider.

With team rider Andrea Verona (GASGAS) arguably hitting his best form of the competition to date, and with three of their four riders placed inside the top five of the overall individual results, Italy was again the team to beat in the World Trophy competition. Placing one-minute and forty seconds ahead of Spain, with two days of competition remaining, Italy extended their overall lead to just over five minutes.

“It took me four days, but finally I managed to get an overall day win,” enthused Verona at the end of the day. “I really enjoyed the tests today, but the ground was very hard, which made them very, very slippery. It was easy to make mistakes with no ruts or berms, like we had on the previous days. It’s been a great day for the team also, taking a few more seconds from Spain. I’m here as part of the Italian team, so I’ll continue doing my best for them as well as pushing hard for the best individual result I can get.”

Although unable to stop Italy claiming yet another World Trophy day win, Spain again produced a spirited team performance, despite a heavy crash for their fastest rider Josep Garcia (KTM) early in the day. Collectively, Spain’s riders extended their advantage over third-placed USA by twelve seconds. Outside of the top three, but well-positioned to strike if any of the leading teams run into troubles, Sweden rode well, with another notably strong performance from Mikael Persson (KTM).

The day’s biggest result shake-up came in the World Junior Trophy category. Second behind Italy at the end of day three, following a big crash from Austin Walton (Husqvarna), which resulted in a sizeable loss of time, the USA dropped to fourth on day four.

Italy was the fastest team in the Junior World Trophy, completing the day more than one-minute ahead of France to now sit six minutes and twenty-six seconds ahead in the overall results. With the USA running into troubles, France was able to capitalise and inherited the runner-up position, but sit a long way behind Italy. Sweden is holding strong, and now hold third behind Italy and France.

Despite their troubles in the Junior World Trophy class, the USA powered ahead in the Women’s World Trophy competition on day four, much like on every other day of this year’s ISDE. With no change in the top three in the class, USA remain ahead of Great Britain and Spain. With one full day of competition and the final motocross races remaining, the USA sit a sizeable eleven minutes and thirty-four seconds ahead.

On day four alone the USA were close to three minutes faster than their closest challengers, with Brandy Richards (KTM) the only female competitor to end the day with combined special test times of less than sixty minutes.

With Great Britain’s trio of Jane Daniels (Fantic), Nieve Holmes (GASGAS), and Rosie Rowett (KTM), standing firm in second, Spain hold third, and like the USA and Great Britain ahead of them, Spain look all-but assured of a podium finish.

“We’re in third, Mireia (Badia – GASGAS) is flying, so we have to stay focused on these final two days and keep pushing to the very end,” confirmed Sandra Gomez. “I started the event really well, which was a little unexpected. The special tests are really fast, and I’m a much better rider on technical special tests. I’ll keep pushing, I’m doing my very best, and I’m enjoying the race. I just want to do my best for the team and hope we finish on the podium.”

In Enduro1, the day’s overall fastest rider Andrea Verona (GASGAS) topped the class comfortably. With Sweden’s Mikael Persson (KTM) continuing his impressive performances to claim the runner-up spot, just as he had on day three Davide Guarneri (Fantic) rounded out the day four as third fastest in E1.

“I arrived at the ISDE with a big ankle problem,” explained Guarneri. “I twisted it five days before the race. I wasn’t able to walk the tests so well, but thankfully things have got better. I made two big mistakes on the first day, and since then I’ve been getting my rhythm back, and improving, which is the most important thing. I’m feeling better and better, but now I have to think about our position as a team in the World Trophy competition.”

Enduro2 was topped for the fourth day running by Josep Garcia (KTM). Finishing ahead of Taylor Robert (KTM), and Michael Layne (Yamaha), Garcia was one of a number of riders to crash on day four.

“I started the day well but in the long enduro test I had a big crash and then exited the track twice,” explained Spain’s World Trophy team leader. “I found it difficult to concentrate and lost a lot of time after that. I kept pushing, took some time back, but with one of today’s special tests cancelled I ran out of time to close the gap. I was close to the overall win, but finally second behind Verona.”

Italian teammates Matteo Cavallo (TM), and Matteo Pavoni (TM), again finished as the top two in the Enduro3 class, with Spain’s Jaume Betriu (KTM) making it three E3 class riders inside the overall top three.

The FIM International Six Days of Enduro continues on day five with competitors taking on the one-hundred and ninety-eight-kilometre Valle di Curone lap for the second and final time.

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