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2002 FIM Awards Ceremony marks end of spectacular motorcycle season

2002 FIM Awards Ceremony marks end of spectacular motorcycle season

2002 FIM Awards Ceremony marks end of spectacular motorcycle season

The annual awards ceremony of the FIM (Fédération International de Motocyclisme) took place at the Casino de la Vallée, Saint Vincent this evening, with the Italian location providing the perfect backdrop for this winter celebration of a great year in motorcycle sport. Topping the bill at the glitzy alpine location was MotoGP World Champion Valentino Rossi, whose attendance had been shrouded in mystery until the 23 year-old suddenly emerged on stage towards the end of proceedings. Rossi, like all the other 20 individual World Champions and four team World Champions, accepted a gold medal from FIM President Mr. Francesco Zerbi. The charismatic Rossi went on to comment, ´It was a strange and difficult season, but all the hard work we did last winter paid off for us. It was this good start to the season which ultimately helped us to the title, and I look forward to defending the first MotoGP Championship next year´.

Other MotoGP riders present at the gala dinner were Max Biaggi who collected his prize for second place in the MotoGP World Championship, Marco Melandri, who had won the 250cc World Championship, and Colin Edwards, who was celebrating victory in the Superbike World Championship before he joins the elite class of Grand Prix racing next season.$$$ The 125cc World Champion Arnaud Vincent was unable to attend the ceremony after undergoing surgery on a broken ankle just yesterday, however his compatriots Mickael Pichon and Mickael Maschio were there to pick up their prizes for winning the 250cc and 125cc Motocross World Championships respectively, with Belgian Stefan Everts also on hand to collect his 500cc Motocross medal after another record-breaking season.

There were representatives from all five of the FIM's commissions, Road-Racing, Motocross, Trial, Enduro and Track-racing, with championship-winning manufacturers also receiving a diploma for their efforts. Earlier in the day the riders and officials were treated to a day under the shadow of the Matterhorn mountain, known as Cervino in this Italian region, where everyone involved took part in snow activities and sampling the local cuisine. The FIM Awards ceremony capped a superb season of motorcycle sport, which will undoubtedly look to reach new heights once again in 2003.

MotoGP, 2002

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