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2008 MotoGP trophy unveiled in Valencia

2008 MotoGP trophy unveiled in Valencia

At the scene of the final race of the 2007 season, four important figures from the MotoGP paddock unveiled the trophy for which the riders will be competing in 2008.

At the scene of the final race of the 2007 season, four important figures from the MotoGP paddock unveiled the trophy for which the riders will be competing in 2008, and which will be presented to this year´s winner Casey Stoner.

Attending the public unveiling of the silver trophy were FIM President Vito Ippolito and Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta, alongside former premier class World Champions Kevin Schwantz and Alex Criville. Both of the ex-riders have their own spot on the trophy with their names engraved, as do the other 57 winners of the top prize in motorcycle competition.

Speaking to the gathered media and photographers, Mr. Ezpeleta explained the motive behind the change in form for the MotoGP trophy, designed by Barcelonas Marc Garcia.

With the introduction of the MotoGP class in 2002, we decided to hand out a special trophy in addition to that provided by the FIM. We have now done the same for the change to the 800cc class, which came into effect this year.

We consider the new design important, reflecting the important history of the championship alongside the exciting new era. It was important for us that we have a living part of the trophy, that riders can add to and change every year.

About the FIM MotoGP World Championship Trophy

The design of the new FIM MotoGP World Championship trophy, for which the best riders in the world will compete in future seasons, has itself been the subject of a competition between internationally renowned designers. Five leading names in the field were given the brief of creating the prize to represent the sports tradition, technology and dynamism, with a winner announced earlier this season.

The decision to commission a new design for the trophy was made as a result of the MotoGP World Championships move to 800cc machinery at the beginning of this season, symbolising a new start to the series whilst never forgetting the pioneers of the sport.

The new trophy references the FIM MotoGP World Championships illustrious history, whilst keeping with the vibrant current image of the series. A carbon fibre base supports a Champions Tower of plaques for each of the 58 past winners of the oldest motorsports world championship.

2008 MotoGP World Champion Casey Stoner will add the 59th plaque bearing his name at the FIM MotoGP Awards Ceremony in Valencia, and will take home a smaller replica of the trophy.

Technology plays a key part in MotoGP, and to represent this, the modern MotoGP logo introduced at the start of 2007 is the basis for the trophys design, represented by individual sections moulded from silver, with a total weight of just over 7kg.

The trophy is designed to be an emblem of the MotoGP World Championship for years to come, and as such space has been dedicated for each future title winner to leave their mark until the 75th anniversary of the series.

About the Designer

Marc García, in collaboration with those at his García Rojals studio in Barcelona, is responsible for the creation of the new FIM MotoGP World Championship trophy. Despite working primarily in his homeland for Spanish clients, García has also worked extensively in the Italian market and is well known for his collaboration with the likes of Bellini and Gino Finizio, with whom he has worked on projects for multinational companies such as Alfa Romeo, Fiat and Aprilia.

In addition to his work with García Rojals, the designer is the driving force behind MagaroPaintings, a company dedicated to helmet designs. Current clients include Arai, AGV and Suomy, three of the biggest names in the field.

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