Motorcycling Australia, on behalf of FIM Oceania, is accepting expressions of interest from qualified circuit races to compete in the first-ever FIM Intercontinental Games (ICG) in Jerez later this year.

By Nida Anis

The inaugural ICG will take place on the 30th November-1st December 2024  and will see the six FIM Continental Unions (CONUs), including FIM Oceania, field two teams of four riders each in the Supersport and Supersport 300 categories.

Billed as “an exciting new concept” by the FIM, riders will utilise Yamaha YZF-R7 and YZF-R3 motorcycles supplied by Yamaha Racing.

Each Continental Union must field at least one male and one female in each category. Teams may nominate one “specialist” rider who competes in an FIM World Championship as their designated team captain.

The ICG is designed to evaluate the sporting skills of riders in a team-based environment for future events, whilst also facilitating competition between riders from different parts of the world.

Following this initial edition of the ICG, the event will be repeated every two years with a view to add more disciplines. Off-road events are planned to become a part of the ICG in 2026.

How does the FIM ICG work?

For each race, riders will score Intercontinental Games Points as follows:

  • 1st place: 24 ICG points
  • 2nd place: 23 ICG points
  • 3rd place: 22 ICG points
  • 4th place: 21 ICG points
  • 5th place: 20 ICG points

This system continues until the 24th placed rider, who will receive 1 ICG point.

Riders who fail to finish, fail to start, retire from the race, or get disqualified will score 0 points.

The intermediate and final ICG classifications will be determined by adding the ICG points awarded during the tournament for each rider of each CONU’s team. Awards for the best male and female riders will also be presented for both categories.

Should there be a tie between teams in the final ICG classification, the winner will be the team whose female rider achieved the best result in the last race.

Incentives available for selected Team Oceania riders

Several incentives are available to ICG competitors racing for Team Oceania. Selected riders will have their travel, accommodation, transportation, and meals covered.

Additionally, the Yamaha motorcycles, tyres, fuel, pit box, rider safety apparel, and Team Oceania uniform will be supplied to successful candidates.

Doyle: ICG “an exciting new initiative” by the FIM

“The FIM Intercontinental Games is an exciting new initiative driven by the FIM as the governing body of motorcycle sport in the world,” said FIM Oceania President Peter Doyle. “It’s fantastic for Team FIM Oceania to travel to Spain and represent the Oceania region at an event that has an Olympic style of vibe to it.

“The ability for this event to grow in the coming years by the additional disciplines makes this a truly unique event to get onboard with,” he continued.

“I encourage all suitably qualified circuit racing participants across the FIM Oceania region to submit their applications to be in the running for selection to compete with the FIM Oceania team at this exciting event.”

Applications for Team Oceania are currently open and will close on the 20th June 2024. The first-ever edition of the FIM ICG will take place in Jerez on the 29th November – 1st December 2024.

Header photo credit: Yamaha Racing

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