Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme

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Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme
SportMotorcycle sport
HeadquartersMies, Switzerland
PresidentJorge Viegas
Official website

The Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM; English: International Motorcycling Federation) is the global governing/sanctioning body of motorcycle racing.[1] It represents 119 national motorcycle federations[2] that are divided into six continental unions.[3]

There are seven[4] motorcycle-racing disciplines that FIM covers, encompassing 82 world championships as well as hundreds of secondary championships: enduro,[5] trial,[6] circuit racing,[7] motocross and supermoto,[8] cross-country,[9] e-bike,[10] and track racing.[11] FIM is also involved in many non-racing activities that promote the sport, its safety, and support relevant public policy. The FIM is also the first international sporting federation to publish an Environmental Code, in 1994. In 2007, a Commission for Women in Motorcycling was created by the FIM in order to promote the use of powered two-wheelers and the motorcycle sport among women.


The FIM was born from the Fédération Internationale des Clubs Motocyclistes (FICM),[12] which itself was founded in Paris, France,[13] on 21 December 1904. The British Auto-Cycle Union was one of the founding members. In 1906, the FICM was dissolved, but reborn in 1912 with the headquarters now located in England. The Six Days Reliability Trial was held the next year, the first international event held by the new incarnation.

The name was changed to the Fédération Internationale Motocycliste (FIM) in 1949, the same year that also saw the first race of the famed Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix. The headquarters were transferred to Geneva, Switzerland in 1959.

1994 saw the headquarters relocated, this time to Mies, Switzerland, and occupy its own building for the first time, shaped like a stylized motorcycle wheel. The name was changed again in 1998 to the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme at the congress in Cape Town, South Africa. The same year, the FIM was given provisional status of recognition by the International Olympic Committee, and gained full status in 2000 at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia.

2004 marked the organization's centenary, and celebrations were held at the congress in Paris in October. Since 2018, Jorge Viegas (Portugal) is President of the FIM.

Due to the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine, on March 6, 2022, FIM banned all Russian and Belarusian motorcycle riders, teams, officials, and competitions.[14]

FIM competitions[edit]

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Off-road racing[edit]


Fédération Internationale des Clubs Motocyclistes (FICM)
Term President Nationality
1904–1905 A. de Lahausse  France
1905–1906 Marquis de Mouzilly Saint-Mars  France
1912–1924 Arthur Stanley  United Kingdom
1924–1946 Alberto Bonacossa  Italy
1946–1947 Augustin Pérouse  France
1947–1949 Marcel Haecker  Switzerland
Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM)
Term President Nationality
1949–1951 Marcel Haecker  Switzerland
1951–1959 Augustin Pérouse  France
1959–1965 Pieter Nortier  Netherlands
1965–1983 Nicolás Rodil del Valle  Spain
1983–1989 Nicolas Schmit  Luxembourg
1989–1995 Jos Vaessen  Netherlands
1995–2006 Francesco Zerbi  Italy
2006–2018 Vito Ippolito  Venezuela
2018–present Jorge Viegas  Portugal

FIM motorcycle racing helmet testing and homologation[edit]

In 2019, the FIM decided to implement its own helmet testing regime. Helmet manufacturers have to submit helmets for testing, and the FIM then lab tests them to make sure they are up to the job of protecting racers.[citation needed]


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  1. ^ "Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM)". fim-moto.com. Retrieved December 1, 2013.
  2. ^ "FIM – National Federations". fim-moto.com. Archived from the original on April 17, 2021. Retrieved December 1, 2013.
  3. ^ "FIM - Continental Unions". fim-moto.com. Archived from the original on April 17, 2021. Retrieved December 1, 2013.
  4. ^ "Home | FIM". www.fim-moto.com. Retrieved 2021-12-26.
  5. ^ "Enduro | FIM". www.fim-moto.com. Retrieved 2021-12-26.
  6. ^ "Trial | FIM". www.fim-moto.com. Retrieved 2021-12-26.
  7. ^ "Circuit Racing | FIM". www.fim-moto.com. Retrieved 2021-12-26.
  8. ^ "Motocross & SuperMoto | FIM". www.fim-moto.com. Archived from the original on 2023-03-15. Retrieved 2021-12-26.
  9. ^ "Cross-Country | FIM". www.fim-moto.com. Retrieved 2021-12-26.
  10. ^ "E-Bike | FIM". www.fim-moto.com. Retrieved 2021-12-26.
  11. ^ "Track Racing | FIM". www.fim-moto.com. Retrieved 2021-12-26.
  12. ^ Fortin, François (2000). Sports: The Complete Visual Reference. Buffalo, N.Y: Firefly Books. p. 340. ISBN 1552095401. Retrieved March 23, 2012.
  13. ^ Timbli, Stephen (2008). MX Champions: The Stars of the Show-past and Present. New York: Crabtree Pub. Co. p. 6. ISBN 9780778740025.
  14. ^ "FIM Suspends Russian and Belarusian Motorcycle Competitors And Competitions". Fullnoise.com.au Motorcycle News. 6 Mar 2022. Retrieved 21 Jan 2024.

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