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FIM Europe Non-Sporting Council in Rome Fiumicino (Italy)

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The FIM Europe Non-Sporting Council was held today in Rome/Fiumicino (Italy) and was preceded by three Non-Sporting Commission Meetings: “Public Affairs and Road Safety”, “Marketing, Promoting and Industry” and “Touring”. The “Environment” Commission will meet at the end of March in Warsaw but its Chairman was attending the Non Sporting Council. Mr Silvio Manicardi, FIM Europe Vice-President, said: “As you can see from the report of each Chairman, the Commissions did very good work, both in revising the activities of 2017 and preparing for 2018. The results were shared with Mr Damiano Zamana, Programmes Director of FIM. Apart from the internal activity, there are a couple of external items that are worth our attention. First, the new developments in automated and semi-automated driving. This poses potential road safety problems for riders. It is essential this technology is designed to take account of all other road users. Cyclists, pedestrians, motorcyclists and drivers of
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FIM Europe at the 2017 Award Ceremony of the Austrian Motorsport Federation (AMF) in Vienna

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The ceremony was staged, as already many times in the previous years, in the famous “Technisches Museum” in Vienna. It is one of the oldest museums of its kind, built more than 100 years ago. AMF is affiliated both to FIM as well as FIA; therefore the Champions of both categories were honored. AMF President Professor Harald Hertz welcomed the riders and drivers, their families, clubs, organizers, officials as well ÖAMTC Honorary President Werner Kraus, ÖAMTC Director Oliver Schmerold, FIM Europe President Dr Wolfgang Srb and FIM/CMI Director David McManus, who will conduct a “Chief Medical Officer” seminar on the weekend in Vienna.   AMF staff (from left): Michaela Landauf, Ingo Partsch, FIM Europe President Wolfgang Srb, AMF President Professor Harald Hertz, Eva Nebenmayer, Estephanie Dos Passos and Alexander Letitzki (staff members missing on the photo: AMF Secretary General Kurt Wagner, Martin Suchý and Eva Lachmayer).
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FIM Europe at the 2017 Prize Giving Ceremony of the Finnish Motorcycling Federation

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The 2017 Prize Giving Ceremony of the Finnish Motorcycling Federation (SML) took place at the Sibelius Hall (Sibeliustalo) in Lahti, 100 km north of the capital Helsinki. The Sibelius Hall is a modern wooden congress and concert centre and the home of Lahti Symphony Orchestra. Johan Julius Christian („Jean“) Sibelius (1865 – 1957) is widely recognized as Finlands greatest composer. Above, the Sibelius Hall. From left, FIM Europe President, Dr. Wolfgang Srb, Lenni Klemetti (Road Racing NSF 100 European Championship # 2), SML President, Tapio Nevala and SML Secretary General, Kurt Ljungqvist. Photo credit: Mikko Käkelä SML President Tapio Nevala and SML Secretary General Kurt Ljungqvist welcomed many riders, their families, clubs, organizers, officials; all in all around 500 guests. Prizes were given to the top three in each of the following disciplines: Road Racing, Vintage Road Racing, Ice Road Racing, Drag Racing, Motocross, ATV, Supercross, Watercross, SuperMoto, Trial, Enduro,
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Non Sporting Commissions – the analysis of FIM Europe 2nd Deputy President Silvio Manicardi 2nd Part

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At the end of 2017, a year with quite many different activities, we have asked Silvio Manicardi, 2nd Deputy President and Chairman of the Non Sporting Council, to give us an overview of the main items on the “political” table and achievements of the Non Sporting Commissions. Following, the second part of his report. Silvio Manicardi, FIM Europe 2nd Deputy President and Chairman of the Non-Sporting Council, during his speech at the Road Safety Conference FIM Europe Congress in Rome As usual during our annual Congress we have organised the “Safety and Mobility” conference. This year the subject was the quite boiling: Sharing the road with Robots - When Motorcycle Meets Automation. This theme has raised a lot of interest with the presentations of high level experts and also due to the presence of European Parliament Member Mr Wim van de Camp, who explained the European Parliament Position. The presentations of
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European Championships – the analysis of FIM Europe 1st Deputy President Martin de Graaff

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At the end of 2017 we’ve asked for analysis of the European Championships to Martin de Graaff, FIM Europe 1st Deputy President and Chairman of the Sporting Council. Here are his reflections. Looking back to the 2017 season we notice many highlights but also some less positive points – for example in many events organisers had to work hard on their tracks in bad weather conditions. On the other side, the crowded motorsport calendar was attractive for an increasing number of participants. In this time of the year all Federations celebrate the successes of the Regional, National, European or World Champions with prize-giving ceremonies. After this the riders take decisions about the next step in their careers. Riders and Federations are satisfied with the new digital platform to issue the licenses, which now is operating well after some minor starting problems. During the last meetings of all Commissions in October
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FIM Europe Director of Public Affairs John Chatterton-Ross reflects on 2017

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John Chatterton-Ross Q. What was your highlight of 2017? A. The 17th September when Ana Carrasco won the World Championship Supersport 300 race! Q. That is a surprising answer from our representative to Brussels, any connection from Ana’s win to the work you do? A. That is why it is my highlight of 2017. Motorcycling needs more women riders. In sport this is significant. We see nothing unusual in women and men competing on equal terms in equestrian sports. To see this in motorcycling sport is fantastic. It is good the 300cc category is promoted as these motorcycles are cost effective for sport and road use, and as Ana proved on the track, a woman can race as well as any man. It is good politically too, making motorcycling more mainstream. Not just an activity for men. Ana Carrasco Q. Are there other barriers to more women riding? A. A
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FIM Europe General Secretariat: a look at the past year

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At the end of 2017, we’ve asked the Secretary General Alessandro Sambuco for an analysis of the year from the point of view of the General Secreteriat, which has its headquarters at Rome, in Italy. Here is his analysis. The year that has just ended has had as a high point the 2017 FIM Europe Congress in Rome. The General Secretariat was directly involved in the organization after the cancellation of the Congress scheduled in Luxembourg. In reality we are always busy organizing the Congresses but normally we are joined by the FMN hosting them. For the Rome Congress we have met every need with the limited human resources we have available, ensuring at the same time ordinary (and sometimes extraordinary) activities. The result has however filled me with pride and for this I thank the staff once again. My glance at the recent past cannot but dwell once again
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The new FIM Europe MAG is online

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The new issue of the MAG is online at the following link: https://issuu.com/fimeurope/docs/fim_europe_mag_6-2017  In this issue, all the updates about the FIM Europe activities and in particular the report about the Sporting Commissions Meetings at Fiumicino (Italy) and the Management Council at Papendal, the presence of FIM Europe at AMZS Awards, at the Annual Balkan Motorcyle Union Congress  in Romania and at the Award Ceremony of the Bulgarian Motorcycle Federation and many other news. Furthermore, in the Travel pages, the story and the pictures of a charming mototour in the middle of the Atlantic, by the lawyer Rodolfo Romeo, FIM Europe Chairman of the Judicial Panel.  
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FIM Europe at the Alpe Adria General Assembly at Zagreb (Croatia)

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In a very nice accommodation, the Antunovic Hotel at Zagreb (Croatia), the Alpe Adria Motorcycle Union organised the yearly General Assembly. Actually last August there was already a meeting, because of the change in the presidency: the president is from that moment Attila Nagy from the Hungarian Motorcycling Federation. Besides the General Assembly, the Commission meetings and a meeting of the Management Board took place in a very well-organized, efficient single day. The accommodation for the meetings was organised by AAMU promoter Lutec racing. The meeting started with a moment of silence to remember Gerhard Ittner, former chairman of the Road Race Commission, who passed away last week. After a year without important developments there was a need to take the necessary decisions - two points in the Statutes were approved by the General Assembly. After this short meeting the commission meetings started - Road Race is the most important
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FIM Europe at the 2017 Award Ceremony of the Bulgarian Motorcycle Federation in Sofia

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The 2017 Award Ceremony of the Bulgarian Motorcycle Federation (BMF) took place in Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria. At the same occasion the medals for the European SuperMoto Championships were awarded. The ceremony was staged, as already many times in the previous years, in the classic Park Hotel Moskva. BMF President Bogdan Nikolov and Rumen Petkov, Chairman of the Organizing Committee Grand Prix Bulgaria, welcomed many riders, their families, clubs, organizers, officials, guests from neighboring countries as well as mayors from the organizing cities. The 2017 Champions of the International Bulgarian Championships. All photos ©Plamen Kodrov BMF is a very active Federation and plays also a strong role in the context of the Balkan Motorcycle Union, one of the six Regional Associations of FIM Europe. Bogdan Nikolov is a former European Road Racing Champion (80cc) and is already considered as a Bulgarian legend. After his career as a rider he
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