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Kent Andersson, Michelin's First GP Winner

From Michelin:

GREENVILLE, S.C. (Aug. 30, 2006) ­ It is with great sadness that Michelin has learned of the passing of former 125cc Grand Prix World Champion Kent Andersson on Aug. 29, at age 64. In 1974, Andersson became the first rider to ever win a GP World Championship using Michelin® tires.

While Michelin was just getting its feet wet in Grand Prix racing in the early 1970s, Andersson had already tasted success since his GP debut in 1968, with several 250cc wins and the 125cc championship in 1973. But it was the combination of Andersson, Michelin PZ tires and a Yamaha 125 in 1974 that ushered in an era of Michelin supremacy in Grand Prix racing ­ an era that continues in the present-day MotoGP class.

The entire Michelin organization is humbled to have been associated with a great champion like Kent Andersson. Our sincerest condolences go out to Andersson¹s family, friends and many fans.

As the undisputed leader in the tire industry, Michelin ( designs, manufactures and sells tires for every type of vehicle, including airplanes, automobiles, bicycles, earthmovers, farm equipment, heavy-duty trucks, motorcycles and the space shuttle. The company also publishes travel guides, maps and atlases covering Europe, Asia, Africa and North America. Headquartered in Greenville, S.C., Michelin North America employs 22,270 and operates 19 major manufacturing plants in 17 locations.

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