Josef Zajíček, who presented both trophies to Viegas, is at the head of the survey and of the North Bohemian Autodrom.
“The FIM is not one person, but several hundreds of people and great professionals who take care of a lot of events. For example, we now have or have four majors starting at the weekend, and we normally have five or six World Championship races each week. And all these people make sure that it happens in order, safely and according to the rules. It’s an incredible job for a great team of people, and both of these awards go mainly to them,” said Viegas.
The founder of the Portuguese Motorcycle Federation emphasized several times that the safety of competitors at competitions is very important to the FIM. “Safety is our number one priority, there have been a lot of injuries in the past,” Viegas said. That is why, according to him, the international federation focuses on the homologation of individual circuits. “However, it is not only about the condition of the track, but also the security of everything around it,” the Portuguese official pointed out.
Viegas is the second person to receive the honorary Golden Handlebar. In 2019, they were taken over by Brazilian motorcycle legend Alex Barros.