Motorcycling to benefit from common strategy in sport, leisure and mobility
Brussels, Geneva 23.9.2011 - ACEM and FIM identified matters such as sport, leisure and mobility on which to increase joint actions for the benefit of motorcycling. During a meeting that took place on 15 September 2011 at the FIM Headquarters in Geneva, ACEM, the European Motorcycle Industry Association and FIM, the International Motorcycling Federation, expressed the need for more co-operation in order to promote motorcycling worldwide.
The association representing manufacturers of motorcycles (and other light vehicles such as, scooters, tricycles and quadricycles) and the world governing body for motorcycle sport share the same vision based on sustainable sport, leisure and mobility. Already cooperating with other stakeholders within the Motorcycle Community, ACEM and FIM agreed on the importance of reducing costs for teams and individuals wanting to participate to competitions at all levels of motorcycle sport.
Given the important link between sport, innovation and the market, the FIM and ACEM will seek to develop synergies towards a commonly shared long term strategic vision, considering leisure, mobility and sports as interconnected activities which need to be addressed simultaneously.
ACEM Vice President and KTM-SportMotorcycle CEO Stefan Pierer said: “In these times of economic crisis, motorcycling as we know it is undergoing deep changes. Motorcycles and scooters are more and more seen by citizens as an attractive solution for mobility. The opportunities coming from urban vehicles and electric mobility are expected to progressively create a new demand. A common vision is necessary to successfully lead the sector into the future.”
FIM President Vito Ippolito said: “Co-operation on matters of mutual concern is a priority for FIM. Together we can develop motorcycling in both sport and non sport activities. In this difficult economic climate motorcycles and scooters are an attractive solution for mobility. We are also committed to reducing costs in sports for teams and for riders. This will be assisted as we progress to harmonisation of rules across all disciplines. This is another area where our co operation with industry is vital to the future of motorcycling.”
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The FIM (Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme) founded in 1904, is the governing body for motorcycle sport and the global advocate for motorcycling. The FIM is an independent association formed by 103 National Federations throughout the world. It is recognised as the sole competent authority in motorcycle sport by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). Among its 50 FIM World Championships the main events are MotoGP, Superbike, Endurance, Motocross, Supercross, Trial, Enduro, Cross-Country Rallies and Speedway. Furthermore, the FIM is also active and involved in the following areas: public affairs, road safety, touring and protection of the environment. The FIM was the first international sports federation to impose an Environmental Code in 1994.