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International MX News : MX / SX World Championships
03.12.2007 FIM Off Road Awards - The celebration of the 2007 Champions
The 1st of December was an unbelievable night at the Salle des Etoiles in Monaco, Monte Carlo. The third edition of the FIM Off Road Awards was a superb celebration where all the Off Road World and European Champions received their prize after an extremely battled but successful season of racing.
Surrounded by the beautiful night view of the Monte Carlo bay, and with an orchestra playing in the background, all the authors of this fantastic 2007 season were given a prize representing the reward of their hard work. The riders, the Federations and the organizers played a very important role this year, cooperating with Youthstream, FIM and UEM in the organization of a superb season of sport
Final photo / Photo by: Massimo Zanzani
Final photo / Photo by: Massimo Zanzani
400 guests were entertained during the whole evening, which started with a press conference at 6.00 pm and continued in the magnificent Salle des Etoiles with the gala dinner and the Awards ceremony.
Among the many prize giving ceremonies of the night, which saw a brand new duo of presenters made of Frenchman Francis Magnanou and American Amanda Woods, one of the most moving moments of the night happened when Youthstream President Giuseppe Luongo suddenly stopped the regular program of the event to call up on stage some of the riders who made the history of the sport managed by Youthstream: Michele Rinaldi, Eric Geboers, Jean Michel Bayle, Dave Thorpe and Roger De Coster.
Bulgaria was awarded twice as Best Organizer for the organization of the Motocross Grand Prix at Sevlievo and the SuperMoto Grand Prix at Pleven, with the latter being a unique venue in the world, having a sky section all covered in tarmac. For this occasion the country was represented by: Mr. Rumen Petkov, Minister of Interior; Mr. Veselin Bliznakov, Minister of Defense; Mr. Assen Gagauzov, Minister of Regional Development; Mrs. Vessela Lecheva, Minister of Sport; Mr. Kiril Ananiev, Deputy Minister of Finance; Bogdan Nikolov, President of the Bulgarian Motorcycling Federation.
2007 motocross champions / Photo by: Massimo Zanzani
2007 motocross champions / Photo by: Massimo Zanzani
Giuseppe Luongo, President of Youthstream: "What a great night it was! I am very happy about this third edition of the FIM Off Road Awards and it was great to have so many guests from all over the world, including a significant presence of the worldwide press, especially the American journalists. This season was extremely satisfactory, with great organizers, such as Bulgaria, with great riders, such as World Champions Steve Ramon, Antonio Cairoli, Adrien Chareyre, Women’s World Cup Winner Katherine Prumm, but the list is long and includes also the European Champions. I thank the FIM, the UEM, all the National Federations and the local organizers for the precious collaboration during the year, I am already looking forward to a great 2008 season."
The list of the awarded riders includes:

The 2007 Motocross Champions:

  • FIM MX World Champion MX1 class, Steve Ramon (BEL)
  • FIM MX World Champion MX2 class, Antonio Cairoli (ITA)
  • FIM MX World Champion MX3 class, Yves Demaria (FRA)
  • FIM MX of Nations winner, Team USA - Ricky Carmichael, Ryan Villopoto, Tim Ferry
  • JAN DE GROOT AWARD winner, Tommy Searle (GBR)
  • FIM WOMEN MX World Cup winner, Katherine Prumm (NZL)
  • FIM VETERAN MX World Cup winner Senior class, Dave Thorpe (GBR)
  • FIM VETERAN MX World Cup winner Veteran class, Tony Cooksley (NZL)
  • FIM JUNIOR MX World Champion 125cc class, Blake Wharton (USA)
  • FIM JUNIOR MX World Champion 85cc class, Ken Roczen (GER)
  • FIM SNOWCROSS World Champion, Peter Ericson (SWE)
  • FIM FREESTYLE MX World Champion, Ailo Gaup (NOR)
  • FIM SIDECAR MX World Champion (driver), Daniel Willemsen (NED)
  • FIM SIDECAR MX World Champion (passenger), Reto Grutter (SUI)
  • UEM MX European Champion EMX2 class, Gautier Paulin (FRA)
  • UEM MX European Champion EMX Open class, Vitaly Tonkov (RUS)
  • UEM MX European Champion EMX2 Junior class, Klemen Gercar (SLO)
  • UEM MX European Champion EMX 85cc class, Jason Clermont (FRA)
  • UEM MX European Champion EMX 65cc class, Tim Gajser (CRO)

The 2007 SuperMoto Champions:

  • FIM SM World Champion S1 class, Adrien Chareyre (FRA)
  • FIM SM World Champion S2 class, Gerald Delepine (BEL)
  • FIM SM of Nations winner, Team France - Thomas Chareyre, Adrien Chareyre, Thierry Van Den Bosch
  • MARCEL SEURAT Award winner, Thomas Chareyre (FRA)
  • UEM SM European Champion S3 class, Baptiste Rheims (FRA)
  • UEM SM European Champion OPEN class, Petr Vorlicek (CZE)     
  • UEM SM European Cup winner S3 class, Alexander Georgiev (BUL)          
  • UEM SM European Cup winner OPEN class, Gyorgy Kokenyesi (HUN)
2007 supermoto world champions / Photo by: Massimo Zanzani
2007 supermoto world champions / Photo by: Massimo Zanzani

The 2007 Manufacturers World Champions:

  • FIM MX World Champion Manufacturer MX1 class, Suzuki
  • FIM MX World Champion Manufacturer MX2 class, Yamaha
  • FIM MX World Champion Manufacturer MX3 class, KTM
  • FIM SM World Champion Manufacturer S1 class, Husqvarna
  • FIM SM World Champion Manufacturer S2 class, Aprilia
  • FIM Sidecar MX World Champion Manufacturer, VMC

The 2007 World Championship Winning Teams:

  • FIM MX World ChampionSHIP MX1 class, Team Suzuki WMX GP
  • FIM MX World ChampionSHIP MX2 class, Team Yamaha De Carli
  • FIM MX World ChampionSHIP MX3 class, Team Yamaha Demaria
  • FIM SM World ChampionSHIP S1 class, Team Corse Husqvarna Azzalin
  • FIM SM World ChampionSHIP S2 class, Team Corse Husqvarna Azzalin

Special awards were given to:

  • Pleven, Bulgaria, as the SuperMoto Best Organizer
  • Sevlievo, Bulgaria, as the Motocross Best Organizer
  • Mr. Dirk De Neve, FIM/CMS Coordinator, for his Contribution to the Sport
  • Mr. Jan Hvam of Randers Motor Sport, as the MX3 FIM Motocross World Championship Best Organizer with the Danish round in Randers
  • Mr. Laurent Banide, former AS Monaco Trainer
  • Mr. Ray Archer, of Ray Archer Photography, as the Photographer of the Year
  • Mr. Danilo Boccadolce, President of DBO Organization, for the Ristorante Italiano
  • Mr. Roger De Coster, for his Career
  • Mr. Jean Michel Bayle, for his Career
  • Mr. Lex Valasakos, of Supercross.com, as the Best Motocross Website
  • Mr. Steve Cox, of Motocross Illustrated, as the Journalist of the Year
  • Mr. Edoardo Pacini, of MotocrossDigital, as the Best Digital Project
  • Moto Club Angerien, organizer of the MXGP of France at St. Jean D’ Angely, winner of the Motocross Environment Special Award
  • Mr. Jonathan Beasley, local organizer of the Red Bull FIM MXoN, winner of the Motocross of Nations Special Award
  • Mr. Pit Beirer, KTM’s Off Road Racing Activities Director, for his contribution to the research on spinal cord injuries
Source: Press release Youthstream
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