Sumitomo Rubber Industries, Ltd. is pleased to announce that we will once again be supporting Mr. Yoshihide Muroya and Team FALKEN as they compete in the ultimate high-speed motorsport: the "Red Bull Air Race World Championship 2019." This is our fifth consecutive year of supporting this remarkable pilot through our FALKEN brand. In addition, FALKEN is also proud to once again be sponsoring the "Red Bull Air Race Chiba 2019," which will be held over the September 7-8 weekend in Chiba, Japan. Through our sponsorship, we hope to contribute to yet another thrilling race here in Japan in 2019.
Mr. Muroya is once again the only pilot from Asia competing in the Master Class at this year's Red Bull Air Race World Championship. In 2017, he also accomplished the momentous feat of becoming the first Asian pilot to win the title of World Champion. He has already gotten off to a great start this year, winning his first victory of the season in the very first race of the tournament, which was held this past February 8-9 (Friday-Saturday) in Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates).
Our global FALKEN brand is widely renowned for its high-performance tires, developed using the latest cutting-edge technologies and further refined through our 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 Mr. Muroya for the fifth consecutive year. Through our ongoing support of Mr. Muroya, we will work to promote FALKEN's image as a youthful and energetic brand.