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FALKEN Proud to Support Pilot Yoshihide Muroya as He Competes in the Red Bull Air Race World Championship 2018

31 Jan

Sumitomo Rubber Industries, Ltd. (CEO: Ikuji Ikeda) is pleased to announce that they will continue sponsoring Mr. Yoshihide Muroya and Team FALKEN as they compete in the ultimate high-speed motorsport: the "Red Bull Air Race World Championship 2018." This is the fourth consecutive year of supporting Mr. Muroya, who won the World Champion title in 2017.

Mr. Muroya is once again the only pilot from Asia competing in the Master Class of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship. After having his race plane decked out in FALKEN Motorsports colors from the second race of last year's tournament, Mr. Muroya went on to win four of his eight races in the series, including the race held in Chiba in his home country of Japan. As a result of his strong performance throughout the season, he accomplished the momentous feat of becoming the first Asian pilot to win the World Champion title.

The global FALKEN brand is widely renowned for high-performance tires developed using the latest cutting-edge technologies and further refined through active participation in competitive motorsports and ongoing efforts to fulfill the exacting demands of global automakers. Meanwhile, Mr. Muroya is an outstanding pilot whose hard-won skills have taken him to competitions around the world. Recognizing the strong compatibility between this remarkable pilot and FALKEN's brand image, Sumitomo Rubber Industries, Ltd. is proud to continue supporting the team for the fourth consecutive year. Through their ongoing support of Mr. Muroya, they will continue to promote FALKEN's image as a youthful and energetic brand.

Yoshihide Muroya Profile
1973 Born on January 27 in Fukushima City (Where He Currently Resides)
1998 Began Participating in Air Shows in Japan
2002 Started His Own Air Show Team
2009 Began Competing in the "Red Bull Air Race World Championship"
2016 Won His First Race in the Tournament (3rd Race, Held in Chiba), Finished 6th Overall
2017 Won 4 Races in the Tournament (Including Chiba), Finished 1st Overall
Red Bull Air Race World Championship 2018 Race Schedule
Feb. 2 (Fri.) / 3 (Sat.) Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates)
Apr. 21 (Sat.) / 22 (Sun.) Cannes (France)
May 26 (Sat.) / 27 (Sun.) TBA (Europe)
Jun. 23 (Sat.) / 24 (Sun.) Budapest (Hungary)
Aug. 4 (Sat.) / 5 (Sun.) TBA (Asia)
Aug. 25 (Sat.) / 26 (Sun.) Kazan (Russia)
Oct. 6 (Sat.) / 7 (Sun.) Indianapolis (USA)
TBA (November) TBA (Asia)