MXGP of Emilia Romagna winners were celebrated in a special prize giving ceremony, following the MXGP podium, today in Faenza, for round eight of the FIM Motocross World Championship.
Following the incredible racing witnessed during the third instalment of the Italian triple-header at the Monte Coralli circuit for the MXGP of Emilia Romagna, a prestigious prize, known as the ‘Madonna dei Campioni’, was given to the winners of MXGP and MX2 classes, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Antonio Cairoli and Tom Vialle, who received a specially made ceramic art piece, that is typical in the area of Faenza. This occasion marks the beginning of a tradition for MXGP as it’s been the first time the FIM Motocross World Champions were awarded with this respected prize.
Tom Vialle rode two solid races, going 2-1 in the races to take his second consecutive win in MX2 here in Faenza, meanwhile Antonio Cairoli’s consistency really paid off as he took two second place finishes to stand on the podium in front of his home crowd for the 91st time in his career.
The ceremony is a long-standing tradition, that is prepared and awarded to many international athletes in different disciplines such as, Giacomo Agostini, the 15-time motorcycle road racer world champion and 6-time winner as a team manager, Giancarlo Minardi and Riccardo Patrese, former Formula 1 pilots, Marco Pantani, road racing cyclist and winner of Giro d’Italia and Tour de France, Isolde Kosner, Nordic skiing Olympic medalist, as well as Felice Gimondi, Vittorio Adorni, Pier Luigi Martini, Patrick Staudacher, and Stefania Belmondo, just to name a few.
The beautiful ceramic pieces were personally handed over by the Mayor of Brisighella Massimiliano Pederzoli to the victors of this weekends’ Grand Prix to celebrate their incredible achievements and to begin a brand-new tradition that will be held going forward.
Brisighella, a beautiful medieval village in Italy located in the surround hillsides of the Ravenna province, is under the worldwide spotlight as has been organising these special prizes for international sports champions that are visiting the area.
Joining the Mayor of Brisighella on the podium for this special occasion were Infront Moto Racing CEO David Luongo, FIM/CMS Director Antonio Alia Portela, Formula Imola President Uberto Selvatico Estense, and Tourism Councillor Gian Marco Monti.
This prestigious occasion was the perfect end to the epic run of the motocross world championship in Faenza over the last 10 days, that saw MXGP return to the legendary circuit after an eight year gap.