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New FIM President announced in Brazil

New FIM President announced in Brazil

New FIM President announced in Brazil

At the beginning of the 123rd FIM Congress taking place yesterday in Salvador, Brazil, Mr. Vito Ippolito (Venezuela) was elected as FIM President, in the presence of the delegates from 79 National Federations. Amongst the four candidates (Vito Ippolito, Hans-Robert Kreutz, Jean-Pierre Mougin and Jos Vaessen) who took part in the first ballot, no one obtained the necessary majority. As Messrs Ippolito and Vaessen obtained the best results, both took part in the second ballot. Mr Ippolito was elected with 75 votes, against 70 for Mr Vaessen. As commercial rights-holders to the MotoGP World Championship, Dorna Sports SL. expressed its congratulations to Mr. Ippolito on his succession of Mr. Francesco Zerbi, and CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta extended his own personal best wishes, "First of all I would like to express my gratitude for the work of the outgoing President Mr. Zerbi, and thank him for the close relationship and collaboration we have enjoyed over the past years. In turn, I offer my most sincere congratulations to Mr. Ippolito on his appointment as the FIM President. As with previous Presidents, we offer our complete collaboration and support to Mr. Ippolito, and express the hope that the relationship between Dorna and the new administration can be a long and fruitful one." Vito Ippolito is Venezuelan. He is 54 years old, married, with 3 children. He has been President of the FMV (Venezuelan Federation) since 1992. He was member of the FIM Road Racing Commission from 1984 until 1990. He was FIM Vice-President from 1990 to 1996, and then FIM Deputy President since 1997. He was also President of the ULM (Union Latino-Americana de Motociclismo) from 1984 until 1998. He was manager of the team Venemotos whose rider Carlos Lavado became 250 Grand Prix World Champion in 1983 and 1986. Vito Ippolito is the first non-European elected President of the FIM since its foundation in 1904.

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MotoGP, 2006

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