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Michelin a Clear Winner in 2005

Michelin took the trifecta in 2005, making a clean sweep of the three most prestigious international motorsport championships.

It secured world titles with its partners in Formula One (Fernando Alonso and Renault), the World Rally Championship (Sébastien Loeb and Citroën) and the MotoGP World Championship (Valentino Rossi and Yamaha).

In addition, the Michelin Group contributed to the crowning finish of Bruno Saby (Volkswagen) in the Rally Raid World Cup, as well as taking overall victory in the 2005 Dakar Rally. It also played an active role in Audi's success at the Le Mans 24 Hour Race.

Backed by a strong presence in two-wheel racing - especially off-road - Michelin has carried riders to world titles in the Motocross (MX2 category), Indoor Trial and Outdoor Trial Championships, as well as helping Julien Absalon to victory in the Mountain Bike world championships.

"We're absolutely thrilled to have won so many prestigious titles in 2005," says Edouard Michelin, chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the company.

"But we're also delighted to have demonstrated throughout the season, regardless of the event, that Michelin and BFGoodrich tyres were instrumental in boosting user performance by giving them a greater chance of winning.

"The competitive advantage of Michelin technology isn't restricted to sports competition but is featured across our entire range. Racing is a fantastic testing and learning ground that delivers long-term benefits to all our customers."

January 2006