Sumitomo Rubber Industries, Ltd. is pleased to announce that Team FALKEN's Yoshihide Muroya has won the second race of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship 2019, which was held this past June 15-16 weekend in Kazan, Russia. Having won the first race of the season in Abu Dhabi this February, Mr. Muroya is now two for two this season. Through our FALKEN brand, the Sumitomo Rubber Group is proud to sponsor this remarkable pilot as he competes in the Master Class in this year's Red Bull Air Race World Championship.
The only pilot from Asia competing in the Master Class at the Red Bull Air Race World Championship, Yoshihide Muroya once again demonstrated his fantastic high-speed, high-precision flying skills from the preliminary heat up through the main event to win his second consecutive race this year. Thanks to his strong performance in last weekend's race (and his win in Abu Dhabi in February), Mr. Muroya now finds himself in first place overall. With only two more races left in this year's tournament, we hope that you will continue to watch and cheer him on as he soars toward victory.
Our global FALKEN brand is widely renowned for high-performance tires developed using the latest cutting-edge technologies and further refined through our active participation in competitive motorsports and our ongoing efforts to fulfill the exacting demands of international automakers. Meanwhile, Yoshihide 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 continue working to promote FALKEN's image as a youthful and energetic brand.
■Red Bull Air Race World Championship
The Red Bull Air Race World Championship is an aerial motorsport series that demands a combination of speed, precision and skill. Using the fastest, most agile, high-performance race planes, pilots compete in iconic locations over water and land. The high speed, low altitude and extreme maneuverability required make it only accessible to the world's most exceptional pilots. Flying just meters from the ground, 14 Master Class pilots race against the clock whilst reaching speeds of up to 370 km/h, requiring a combination of precision and skill unmatched in the world of aviation. Pilots must be in peak physical condition as they endure forces up to 12G while navigating the technical racetracks made up of air-filled pylons. The Air Race was developed in 2003 and is accredited by the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI), with more than 90 races completed across five continents. As the most advanced aerial challenge in existence, competing in the Red Bull Air Race World Championship is the highest accolade for elite pilots.
It is with a heavy heart that we must announce that this year’s tournament will be the last Red Bull Air Race World Championship.