Sumitomo Rubber Industries will once again be supporting Yoshihide Muroya and Team Falken as they compete in the ultimate in high-speed motorsports at the Red Bull Air Race World Championship 2019. The sponsorship marks the fifth consecutive year of support for Muroya. In addition, Falken is also proud to be sponsoring the Chiba, Japan round of the Red Bull Air Race Chiba, which will be held over the September 7-8 weekend.
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 had a great start this year, winning his first victory of the season in the first round at Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
Yoshihide Muroya Profile
1973 Born on January 27 in Fukushima City (where he currently resides)
1998 Began competing at air shows in Japan
2002 Launched his own air show team
2009 Began competing at the Red Bull Air Race World Championship
2017 Won 4 races in the Championship (including Chiba) to earn the title of World Champion
2018 Placed 5th overall in the Red Bull Air Race World Championship
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 manoeuvrability required make it only accessible to the world’s most exceptional pilots.
Flying just metres 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. For more information visit: https://airrace.redbull.com/en
Red Bull Air Race World Championship 2019 Race Schedule
Second race : TBA | TBA, Europe
Third race : Jun. 15 (Sat.)/16 (Sun.) | Kazan, Russia
Forth race : Jul. 13 (Sat.) / 14 (Sun.) | Budapest, Hungary
Fifth race : Sep. 7 (Sat.)/ 8 (Sun.) | Chiba, Japan
Sixth race : TBA | TBA, Asia
Seventh race : Oct. 19 (Sat.)/20 (Sun.) | Indianapolis, USA
Eighth race : Nov. 8 (Fri.)/ 9 (Sat.) | Saudi Arabia