2013 FIM Ride Green TeamNine-time World Champion Valentino Rossi has displayed his true “green” ways, the Yamaha Factory Racing rider joining the FIM’s RIDE Green Team as the new FIM Environmental Ambassador.
This announcement arrives while the FIM and others worldwide celebrate World Environmental DayThe FIM Ride Green Team, which will help promote a greener and more sustainable world to fans, began in 2012 with five riders – MotoGP’s Marc Marquez and Randy de Puniet, World Motocross’ Ken Roczen, and World Trial Championship’s Laia Sanz and and Takahisha Fujinami.And now the 34-year-old Italian Vale Rossi will help the team reach a wider audience due to his popularity in MotoGP.Valentino Rossi says: “I am proud, honored and happy to have been appointed as FIM Environmental Ambassador. Definitely, it is not so easy to spread a “green” message within our sport, but FIM, Yamaha and all the parties involved in this initiative teach us that it is not impossible! As a rider I want to commit to helping our world to make one step forward in terms of sustainability. I will play my role and I will help motorcycle racing to adapt itself to the needs of our environment.”The FIM says its Environmental Ambassadors are men and women representing different motorcycling disciplines and different cultures and nationalities. They are sportsmen and –women with high standards who have lent their voices to convey the FIM’s environmental policy. Most importantly, they will spread inspiration and awareness among their fans, the motorcycling community and the sporting community at large.Vito Ippolito (Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM), President) says: “In 2012, on World Environment Day, the FIM launched the FIM Environmental Ambassadors program. The idea is to involve top riders from different disciplines to pass on messages about sustainability and make our public and fans aware of the importance of respecting the environment.“The original five Ambassadors were Marc Márquez, Randy de Puniet, Takahisa Fujinami, Laia Sanz and Ken Roczen. We are now happy to welcome Valentino Rossi, a living legend in our sport, as a new member of this team. With the help and involvement of these great riders, we are confident that our environmental messages will be well received by the spectators.”
This week, Senior Editor Nic de Sena rides the all new Ducati Monster. Big changes have been made by Ducati–has the company ruined the considerable heritage of the iconic Monster–or are the changes worth it? In the second part of the show, we chat with Nick Ienatsch, Founder and Head Instructor at the Yamaha Champions Riding School. He says: “We aim to change your riding life by introducing you to Champions Habits: The techniques, approaches, skills, and the mindsets of the best riders in the world. These Champions Habits are the foundation of safety and consistency to whatever speed you ride, in any venue on any bike. Street riders, this is just as much for you as track riders. The best way to make safe riders is to make good riders.“ We hope you enjoy this episode!