On Saturday 11 December, the Italian Motorcycle Federation awarded all the Italian winners at the international level of the last decade, with lifetime achievement awards for Valentino Rossi and Tony Cairoli
The enthusiasm of Max Giusti, on this occasion in the role of presenter but also a great fan of two wheels, opened the 110th anniversary event of the Italian Motorcycle Federation. Held in the splendid setting of the PalaRiccione, the focus of the evening was to celebrate the history of the IMF, recognize the achievements of the great motorcycling champions over the last decade and share the spirit of belonging that binds the Moto Clubs to the Federation. IMF president Giovanni Copioli did the honors: “We owed an event of this magnitude to all our world champions of the last decade, who have brought Italy to the top in the world”. And regarding the visit to the Quirinale he adds: “I also saw emotion in the eyes of Valentino Rossi in front of Sergio Mattarella”. A special prize also went to Paolo Simoncelli, in gratitude for the work he has done in this decade and is still doing for the movement of two wheels in the Speed sector.
The awards to the World Champions
Awarded to the winners of the Fim World Cups, Minister Erika Stefani, from Lorenzo Dalla Porta to Giacomo Redondi, awarded the Junior World Champions, passing through the countless disciplines in which the Azzurri won the gold medal. But the highlight of the evening can be traced back to the awards ceremony of the individual and team World Champions, with Francesco Bagnaia, Tony Cairoli, Enea Bastianini, Franco Morbidelli, Matteo Grattarola, Alex Salvini and Andrea Verona in the first category and Tony Cairoli, Alessandro Lupino, Mattia Guadagnini for the Motocross of Nations 2021, Thomas Oldrati, Davide Guarneri, Matteo Cavallo, Andrea Verona, Manolo Morettini, Matteo Pavoni and Lorenzo Macoritto for the Trophy and Vase of the Six Days of Enduro 2021.
The first World Champion to be awarded with the recognition plate was Francesco “Pecco” Bagnaia, Moto2 World Champion in 2018, Vice-Champion of the MotoGP World 2021 and one of the favorites for next season: “We always look for to do our utmost – Pecco begins -. We are many Italians to go fast in MotoGP, last year Morbidelli, this year I, but also Enea did a great championship. And then Luca Marini will have an official package in 2022. The My season had a downturn, in which we made some mistakes, but when we got in, it went much better. ” Enea Bastianini was also awarded as the 2020 Moto2 World Champion: “2020 was a special year for me. But 2021 also went well, I didn’t manage to be the Rookie of the Year for a while because Martin did a great championship, but I’m happy with the results, getting on the podium was exciting “. To close the Moto2 World Championship trio Franco Morbidelli, Moto2 World Champion in 2017: “A good memory, a year full of satisfactions. Some time has passed. I’m still recovering from the operation, I hope to reach 100% already at the first one. 2022 race. It will be a hard-fought MotoGP, with Pecco, Quartararo, Miller, Martin, Bastianini, all going strong. And I was almost forgetting about Marquez. “
Protagonist of the evening also Tony Cairoli, 9 times Motocross World Champion in the MX2, MX1 and MXGP categories: “The retirement is still fresh. When the others start the 2022 season I will realize what moment I am living. In these months we are evaluating many possibilities, it is certain that I will do some level races so I will not completely abandon the world of Motocross. There are projects underway for young people, we hope to realize them as soon as possible “. Alex Salvini was also awarded for the E2 World title in the 2013 Enduro World Championship: “It’s been a long time since that season, we’ve come close to it other times but it never happened again. A pity but it remains a beautiful memory, having fulfilled the dream of every a child who gets on a motorcycle for the first time. There is no lack of motivation and we will be back loaded next year “. If Alex Salvini has been one of the protagonists of Enduro in the past decade, Andrea Verona (E1 World Champion 2020 and 2021) is one for the years to come, also awarded for his world championship victories. To close the off-road package Matteo Grattarola, World Champion Trial 2 2018 and 2020 with the Beta: “An honor to bring an Italian bike to victory. Next year in TrialGP we will try to improve the 4th place this year, but It won’t be easy to beat Toni Bou after 30 World Cups. “
The social importance of the IMF does not take a back seat: “I always say that we are like a large Federation with many small Federations within, covering 23 disciplines and with 117,000 members for the year 2021, a record number never reached before. – continues IMF president Giovanni Copioli. Without forgetting the initiatives in which motorcyclists were at the service of the community, such as with snowmobiles for the Rigopiano disaster and enduro riders during the Amatrice earthquake ”. Finally, the ultra-centenary Moto Clubs were also awarded. In short, a stellar 2021 for Italy and the IMF, also capable of reaching a historic milestone such as the plate in off-road races.
December 11, 2021 (change December 11, 2021 | 21:52)
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