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Team FALKEN's Yoshihide Muroya Places 2nd in the First Race of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship 2018

06 Feb

Sumitomo Rubber Industries, Ltd. is pleased to announce that Team FALKEN's Master Class pilot Yoshihide Muroya, whom they proudly sponsor through the FALKEN brand, has placed second in the first race of this year's Red Bull Air Race World Championship, which was held on Friday and Saturday, February 2-3, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

As the only pilot from Asia competing in the Master Class of the Red Bull Air Race Championship, Yoshihide Muroya won a personal best four out of eight races in last year's season as he soared to victory to become World Champion. In the first race of this year's season, Mr. Muroya once again demonstrated his fantastic high-speed, high-precision flying skills from the preliminary heat up through the main event to place an impressive 2nd for yet another podium finish. The next race will be held in April in Cannes, France, as Mr. Muroya attempts to soar toward victory with his sights set on capturing the World Champion title for the second year in a row.

The global FALKEN brand is widely renowned for high-performance tires developed using the latest cutting-edge technologies and is 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 own brand image, Sumitomo Rubber Industries, Ltd. is proud to continue supporting his Team FALKEN for the fourth consecutive year. Through the ongoing support of Mr. Muroya, Sumitomo Rubber Industries, Ltd. will continue to promote FALKEN's image as a youthful and energetic brand.

Red Bull Air Race World Championship 2018 Race Schedule
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)