Sumitomo Rubber Industries, Ltd. is pleased to announce that Team FALKEN’s Yoshihide Muroya has won the final race of this year’s Red Bull Air Race World Championship, which was held this past October 14-15 weekend in Indianapolis, USA. With his victory in Indianapolis -his fourth win of the season- Mr. Muroya secured the title of Series Champion, making him the first Asian pilot to accomplish this momentous feat. Through our FALKEN brand, we at SRI are proud to sponsor Mr. Muroya, who holds the distinction of being the only race pilot from Asia competing in the Master Class in the Red Bull Air Race World Championship 2017.
Having propelled himself to 2nd Place overall with his third win of the series in Lausitz, Germany last month, Mr. Muroya kept up the momentum through the final race of the season, once again demonstrating his amazing high-speed, high-precision flying skills to win his fourth race of the tournament. Competing from the second race of the season (San Diego, USA) in a racing plane decked out in brand new FALKEN Motorsports colors, Mr. Muroya won that race and the race that followed (Chiba, Japan) -giving him his first ever consecutive wins. In this year’s Red Bull Air Race World Championship, Mr. Muroya achieved his personal best 4 wins in a single season, which paved his way to ultimate glory as the first ever Series Champion from Asia.
Yoshihide Muroya is an outstanding pilot whose hard-won skills have taken him to competitions around the world. Meanwhile, FALKEN is a brand that is well-known throughout the world for 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. Recognizing the strong compatibility between this remarkable pilot and FALKEN’s own brand image, SRI has been proud to sponsor Mr. Muroya since 2015.
Red Bull Air Race World Championship
The Red Bull Air Race World Championship features the world’s top 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.
Mr. Muroya’s Performance Record in the Red Bull Air Race World Championship 2017
|1st Race||Abu Dhabi (UAE)||13th|
|2st Race||San Diego (USA)||1st|
|3st Race||Chiba (Japan)||1st|
|4st Race||Budapest (Hungary)||3rd|
|5st Race||Kazan (Russia)||4th|
|6st Race||Porto (Portugal)||6th|
|7st Race||Lausitz (Germany)||1st|
|8st Race||Indianapolis (USA)||1st|