Historic FIM presentation at opening MotoGP event in Doha
Breaking new ground in the seventy-year history of Grand Prix Racing, the recently appointed FIM President Jorge Viegas made the first ever presentation of its kind on the eve of the opening MotoGP event of the 2019 season in Doha, Qatar.
In front of a large gathering of International media, Mr Viegas was joined by invited guests - Carmelo Ezpeleta - Dorna CEO; Abdul Rahman Al Mannai - QMMF President; Khalid Al Remaihi - LCSC Vice President and General Manager Losail Circuit; Hervé Poncharal - IRTA President; Mike Trimby - IRTA CEO; Takanao TSUBOUCHI - MSMA Representative and FIM Board members.
The new FIM President explained that it is his aim to highlight the role of the FIM to the outside World, and to clearly show how its function is fundamental to the safe and fair running of the championship through the services, support and staff that it provides.
Mr Viegas confirmed that the FIM’s mission in MotoGP is to create the rules together with the Grand Prix Commission and to apply the rules and the relevant sanctions issued by the FIM Stewards panel. The FIM is also in charge of circuit homologation, safety including all medical aspects and the antidoping programme. The FIM’s remit also covers the training of the officials, including the race director, clerk of the course, marshals, the technical and environmental stewards. This important training is conducted through FIM seminars delivered by FIM instructors around the World. The FIM President also acknowledged that approximately three hundred track marshals are required during a Grand Prix weekend and how big a challenge it is for these people who are volunteers and who dedicate their free time to our sport.
Having set out the position of the FIM, the FIM President then invited each member of the FIM staff who were in attendance to present themselves and to explain their role within the MotoGP structure. The invited speakers included:
Franck Vayssié (FRA) - FIM Commission of Circuit Racing Director & Clerk of the Course of the Qatar Grand Prix
Paul Duparc (FRA) - FIM Commission of Circuit Racing Coordinator
Franco Uncini (ITA) - FIM MotoGP Safety Officer
Bill Cumbow (USA) - FIM Permanent MotoGP Stewards
Ralph Bohnhorst (GER) - FIM MotoGP Stewards
Stuart Higgs (GBR) - FIM MotoGP Appeal Stewards
Giancarlo Di Filippo (ITA) - FIM Permanent Medical Officer
Fabio Muner (ITA) - FIM Marketing & Communications Director
Isabelle Larivière (FRA) - FIM Communications Manager
Following the individual presentations, the FIM President Jorge Viegas concluded by saying: “It is the first time in seven decades of Grand Prix racing that the FIM has organised this kind of presentation, like has been done here today in Doha. My goal is to open the FIM to the outside World and to explain the fundamental role of the FIM and the important part it plays within the championship. Thanks to the close collaboration of all the stakeholders DORNA, IRTA, MSMA, we are all working hard together to manage and to promote with great success the FIM MotoGP World Championship. After today, we plan to repeat this kind of presentation in all of the other disciplines too.”
The FIM (Federation Internationale de Motocyclisme) founded in 1904, is the governing body for motorcycle sport and the global advocate for motorcycling. The FIM is an independent association formed by 111 National Federations throughout the world. It is recognised as the sole competent authority in motorcycle sport by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
Among its 50 FIM World Championships the main events are MotoGP, Superbike, Endurance, Motocross, Supercross, Trial, Enduro, Cross-Country Rallies and Speedway. Furthermore, the FIM is also active and involved in the following areas: public affairs, road safety, touring and protection of the environment. The FIM was the first international sports federation to impose an Environmental Code in 1994.
The bLU cRU Oceania Cup begins in 2019 and the first on-track task of the season was two days of testing at Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit alongside the Official Australian Superbike Test. Two days and eight sessions saw the grid of Yamaha YZF-R15s impress, with the top ten covered by a second and the top 16 within two seconds. A mix of riders led the timesheets after each session, setting the Cup up for an exciting first season.
During the weekend the riders were also introduced to the Oceania Junior Cup team, from Yamaha to the technical team and their coach Damian Cudlin, as well as representatives of every partner involved. They then took to the track and in almost every session, a group of 10 to 14 riders was learning the art of slipstreaming and racecraft.
The action was akin to a mini Moto3™ race, with bunches of 10 and 12 riders having five-lap long drafting chains exciting enough to draw a good few onlookers. By the time the weekend came to a close it was Queensland’s Max Gibbons who came out on top, setting a impressive 2:14.735 to take fastest of the day, followed by Carter Thompson (2:14.835), Archie McDonald (2:14.897), New Zealand’s Cormac Buchanan (2:14.957), and Angus Grenfell (2:15.082).
Rider coach Damien Cudlin was thrilled with the performance of the bLU cRU Oceania Junior Cup riders.
“It’s been a really positive test, I think the kids have all really enjoyed themselves, they’ve learnt a whole lot. They've really surprised me and I think a lot of people in the pitlane with how professional they've been and how well they're riding already, so I’m even more excited to see them in their first race.”
The young racers’ next outing is at Wakefield Park, where they’ll go racing for real with the first-ever Oceania Junior Cup round alongside Round 2 of ASBK.
Overall Fastest Top 10 Results:
1 Max GIBBONS - 2:14.735
2 Carter THOMPSON - 2:14.835
3 Archie McDONALD - 2:14.897
4 Cormac BUCHANAN - 2:14.957
5 Angus GRENFELL - 2:15.082
6 Cros FRANCIS - 2:15.202
7 Glenn NELSON - 2:15.486
8 Lucas QUINN - 2:15.668
9 Jamie PORT - 2:15.681
10 Alex KENWORTHY-JONES - 2:15.890
The city of Paradise, California was ravaged by bushfire in November 2018. A victim of the fires was Paul Hunt's restored motorcycle collection
Here's what it looks like after! Paul escaped with his dog & a small bag of clothes.
This is the remains of his home & workshop in which were many restored or being restored bikes. Another photo is on "Old Bike Memories" under "Those were the days" tab, along with photos of what is used to like. Here are the remains of his house, workshop & collection >
FIM Enel MotoE™ World Cup: rider and regulation updates. Go to "Stop Press" > "FIM World Championships" for details
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Kymco's SuperNEX supersport electric motorcycle makes Milan debut
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