The excitement is building for the inaugural FIM Women’s Motorcycling World Championship, slated to commence in 2024. This ground-breaking event promises to be a thrilling addition to the world of motorcycling, featuring women riders competing on a global stage.
Key details about the new series were revealed in a press conference held during the Prometeon Spanish Round at the Circuito de Jerez – Angel Nieto with FIM President Jorge Viegas, FIM Women in Motorcycling Commission Director Janika Judeika, WorldSBK Executive Director Gregorio Lavilla and Yamaha Motor Europe President and CEO Eric de Seynes. Also in attendance was 2023 Women’s European Champion Beatriz Neila, who shared her views on the opportunities offered by the new competition.
The 2024 FIM Women’s Motorcycling World Championship will comprise six Rounds and one pre-season test, all integrated within the MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship.
1. Emilia Romagna Round, Misano World Circuit “Marco Simoncelli” – June 14th-16th
2. UK Round, Donington Park Circuit – July 12th-14th
3. Portuguese Round, Autodromo Internacional do Algarve – August 9th-11th
4. Hungarian Round, Balaton Park Circuit – August 23rd-25th
5. Italian Round, Cremona Circuit – September 20th-22nd
6. Spanish Round, Circuito de Jerez-Angel Nieto – October 11th-13th
During each Round, the action will unfold as follows: Superpoles on Friday, Race 1 on Saturday, and Race 2 on Sunday, offering fans a full weekend of adrenaline-pumping racing.
Yamaha, with their Yamaha YZF-R7 model, will serve as the single manufacturer for the Championship. Additionally, a single technical and logistic partner will oversee all technical aspects, ensuring a level playing field for all riders.
Prospective riders can apply during the pre-application process, which runs from November 13th, 2023, to January 31st, 2024. Confirmation of participation from DWO is expected no later than February 15th, 2024.
Riders must be a minimum of 18 years old and can opt to race under a team name, adding a personalised touch to the Championship.
The entry fee for permanent riders is set at €25,000, including a comprehensive package, such as the use of Yamaha YZF R7 MY 2023, a GYTR Racing Kit, Pirelli tyres, fuel, racing service and access to the Paddock Village.
Amongst the benefits of running under the umbrella of WorldSBK, the new series will enjoy global broadcast coverage, Pirelli prize money and PR opportunities ensuring the rider sponsors’ visibility on a global scale.
The FIM Women’s Motorcycling World Championship promises to be an electrifying addition to the world of motorsport, showcasing the immense talent and dedication of women in the field. Stay tuned for the thrilling action set to unfold in 2024!
Jorge Viegas | FIM President:
Gregorio Lavilla | WorldSBK Executive Director:
Janika Judeika | FIM Women in Motorcycling Commission Director:
Eric de Seynes | President and CEO, Yamaha Motor Europe:
“Yamaha likes to win, but Yamaha also wants to support the sport from all different aspects, and we think that as a manufacturer, we have to take our responsibility. We cannot be proud to win, supervise, and ignore all the rest of the pyramid. If we want to be champions, we have to take care of the young champions of all the different classes and help them progress year after year. Also, in motocross, we have always supported the women riders in the Women Championships. We have won many times, and when this idea was raised, we were absolutely motivated to support it because you have to understand that in many cases, there is a difficulty for the riders coming from national championships to get the label at the World Championship level. And it’s exactly the same for women. 30% of our customers are women, and they want to race. With this Championship, we will give the correct step for women to demonstrate their talent.”
Beatriz Neila | 2023 Women’s European Champion: