A special ceremony on Saturday night in Monte Carlo saw the 2008 Motocross, Supermoto and Freestyle FIM champions receive their awards.

The fourth edition of the FIM Off Road Awards saw more than 400 guests attend, including Motocross legends David Bailey, Sebastien Tortelli, Alex Puzar, Michele Rinaldi and Senator of the Italian Parliament Giovanni Torri - the latter receiving the 'Friend of Youthstream and Motocross Award' - as well as Mr. Rumen Petkov, the Bulgarian Minister of Interior.

"As usual it has been a great success for the sport," said Youthstream president Giuseppe Luongo. "It has been a great show and it was an honour to have all the world champions and special guests such as David Bailey, the FIM President Vito Ippolito, the Honorary President Francesco Zerbi, the Vice Presidents altogether in the same place. We had fantastic weather and I am sure our guests were able to enjoy a great weekend in Monte Carlo. There is some time to rest now and we will come back in 2009 with more success in racing hopefully."

Luongo's 25th anniversary in motocross was marked by a message of congratulations from Prince Albert II of Monaco and a special KTM Duke 690 from his colleagues and friends of Youthstream - complete with 'training wheels'!

"The celebration of Giuseppe Luongo's 25th Anniversary was a big surprise for him but I knew already," revealed FIM president Vito Ippolito. "I wish him all the best because his career has been very long and he has overcome so many difficulties bringing the sports to excellent levels."

The FIM Awards marked the end of the 2008 season and also provided a chance to hand spinal cord research foundation Wings For Life - represented by Pit Beirer - a special award helping their cause.

The list of awarded personalities includes:

MX1 World Champion - David Philippaerts
MX2 World Champion and Lovemytime MX2 Qualifying Award Winner - Tyla Rattray
MX3 World Champion - Sven Breugelmans
Motocross of Nations Winner USA - James Stewart-Ryan Villopoto-Tim Ferry
Women's World Champion - Livia Lancelot
125cc Junior World Champion - Matiss Karro
85cc Junior World Champion - Jeffrey Herlings
Junior Motocross World Championship Nations - Holland
Veteran's World Cup Winner - Peter Iven
Jan De Groot Award - Gert Krestinov
MX1 Manufacturer World Champion - Suzuki
MX2 Manufacturer World Champion - KTM
MX3 Manufacturer World Champion - KTM
MX1 Winning Team - Team Teka Suzuki WMX1
MX2 Winning Team - Team Red Bull KTM Factory Racing
MX3 Winning Team - Team JM KTM Racing
Lovemytime MX1 Pole Position Award Winner - Sebastien Pourcel
Motocross MX1/MX2 Best Organizer - Lierop
Motocross MX3 Best Organizer - Santiago de Chile
Motocross Media Development - Donington Park
Motocross Best Infrastructure - Mallory Park
Motocross Best Cooperation - Pit Beirer/KTM
Friend of Youthstream and Motocross - Sen. Giovanni Torri
Friend of Youthstream and Motocross - Rumen Petkov/Bulgarian Minister of Interior

S1 World Champion - Bernd Hiemer
S2 World Champion - Adrien Chareyre
SuperMoto of Nations Winner Italy - Ivan Lazzarini-Davide Gozzini-Attilio Pignotti
Marcel Seurat Award - Elia Sammartin
S1 Manufacturer World Champion - Aprilia
S2 Manufacturer World Champion - Husqvarna
S1 Winning Team - D.R.C. SuperMoto Aprilia Factory Team
S2 Winning Team - Team Husqvarna CH Racing
SuperMoto Best Organizer - Pleven
SuperMoto Best Cooperation - Jordi Roquer/Mila Events
SuperMoto Special Award - Grand Prix of Andorra Pas de la Casa Grandvalira

Freestyle Motocross
FMX World Champion - R?mi Bizouard

Snowcross World Champion - Emil ?hman

Sidecar Cross
Sidecar Cross driver World Champion - Dani?l Willemsen
Sidecar Cross passenger World Champion - Reto Gr?tter
Sidecar Cross Manufacturer World Champion - VMC

Special Awards
Youthstream Career Award - Wim Smits/MAC Lierop
Youthstream Career Award - Eric Geboers
Youthstream Award For The Environment - Giancarlo Pasini/President of the CIE-FIM
Youthstream Award For Contribution To Spinal Cord Research - Wings For Life
Website of the Year - Hans Martin Fetzer
Photographer of the Year - Sarah Gutierrez/Freelance
Journalist of the Year - Anthony Sutton/Dirt Bike Rider (UK)
Journalist of the Year - Jeff Perrett/MOTO Magazine (UK)



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