Sumitomo Rubber Industries, Ltd. (SRI) (CEO: Ikuji Ikeda) is pleased to announce that Team FALKEN's Yoshihide Muroya has claimed his second straight victory at the third race of this year's Red Bull Air Race World Championship 2017, which was held this past June 3-4 weekend at Makuhari Seaside Park (Mihama Ward, Chiba, Japan). Since 2015, we have been proud to sponsor, through our FALKEN brand, Mr. Muroya, who holds the distinction of being the only race pilot from Asia competing in the Red Bull Air Race World Championship. Mr. Muroya's plane was bedecked in FALKEN motorsports colors from the second race which was held in San Diego, California. And in Chiba, where he won his first ever victory last year, he demonstrated outstanding aerial speed and precision in the qualifying and final to claim his second consecutive victory in this season. These two consecutive wins have catapulted him to 1st place overall in this year's racing season. With five races left in the season, we are looking forward to seeing even greater success from Mr. Muroya in the coming months. Yoshihide Muroya is an outstanding pilot whose hard-won skills have taken him to competitions around the world while earning him wide recognition on the global stage. Meanwhile, FALKEN is a brand that is well known in the world and throughout the world for high-performance tires developed using the latest cutting-edge technologies. Recognizing the strong compatibility between this remarkable pilot and FALKEN's own brand image, SRI was pleased to sign a sponsorship agreement with Mr. Muroya in 2015.
The Red Bull Air Race World Championship features the world's best race pilots in a pure motorsport
competition that combines speed, precision and skill. Using the fastest, most agile, lightweight racing planes,
pilots hit speeds of 370km/h while enduring forces of up to 10G as they navigate a low-level slalom track
marked by 25-meter-high, air-filled pylons.