Dated: 21 April 2009
Michelin Marks its return to Le Mans
On April 19th Michelin marked its return to Le Mans, motor cycling's Endurance World Championship, after an 8 year absence, delivering a one-two finish.
Michelin noted that this year?s Le Mans 24 hours was marked by particularly taxing weather, including non-stop rain throughout the night from Saturday to Sunday. Paradoxically, it adds, it was these extremely slippery conditions that enabled the top two teams to pull clear of their rivals ? and Michelin attributes this ability to its tyres, developed especially to provide all-important grip on cold, wet tracks. Michelin says the tyres "performance was notably illustrated by the remarkable fight-back of the factory Honda ,which succeeded in carving its way back up the order from 42nd on Saturday afternoon following a fall to second place at the chequered flag after 727 laps
Sporting director, of Honda France, Bernard Rigoni was full of praise for his team and for his Michelin tyres:
"Today's result is the fruit of three factors: the great bond which exists between our riders, the expertise of our technical squad and our Michelin tyres which were competitive from start to finish. Michelin tyres have always been capable of rising to the occasion across the full spectrum of conditions it is possible to come across in endurance racing.?