The FIM is pleased to announce the appointment of Jean-Paul Gombeaud as acting FIM Sports Director. Jean-Paul will take up his post immediately. He will be responsible for the strategic and technical leadership of the Sports Division, and ensuring that motorcycle sport continues to be increasingly present in the world of international sport.

Jean-Paul is 41 years old, French and Australian, married and has three children. He has been working for the FIM for the last 8 years. He was Coordinator of the Track Racing Commission (CCP) from 2008 to 2012. He also acted as Coordinator for the Road Racing Sidecar World Championship (CCR) for three years.

He moved to the Enduro (CEN) and Cross-Country Rallies Commissions (CRT) late 2012 and has been Coordinator of these two Commissions ever since. Throughout these years, Jean-Paul gained experience in managing events, editing sporting rules and work manuals, dealing with stakeholders such as promoters, organisers, etc. 

Before entering the FIM, Jean-Paul worked in the world of sport as Sports Instructor, Team Manager and Physical Trainer in France and Switzerland for over 10 years. He has a European Masters Degree in Sports Training.

Ignacio Verneda, FIM CEO, has expressed his satisfaction: “I am very pleased with the appointment of Jean-Paul Gombeaud. I am convinced that his past experience in sports together with his knowledge of the FIM sporting Commissions will assist the FIM in pursuing the development of our sport. He will also be a great asset when working alongside the Commercial and Communication Departments to run the Championships directly managed by the FIM.”