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Announcing the 2017 DUNLOP Motorsports Activity Schedule

March 14, 2017

Sumitomo Rubber Industries, Ltd. is pleased to announce that we have finalized our DUNLOP motorsports activity schedule for 2017. This year, we will once again be supplying our high-performance tires to top racing teams and individual racers competing in a wide range of race categories in Japan and throughout the world with the dual aims of further enhancing the value of the DUNLOP brand while also contributing to the growing popularity of  motorsports in general.


1.Four-Wheel Motorsports Activities
In Japan, the highlight of our activities will be the SUPER GT, one of Japan's most popular racing series, in which we will supply tires for five racecars driven by four outstanding teams: NAKAJIMA RACING in the GT500 Class and, in the GT300 Class, GAINER, R&D SPORT and Audi Team Hitotsuyama, who placed third in terms of overall team ranking in last year's competition.
At the same time, we will also be supplying tires to various racing teams who will be competing for the title in their respective classes in a wide range of race categories, including the All-Japan Gymkhana Championship, the All-Japan Dirt Trial Championship, the All-Japan Rally Championship and more. In addition, we will also supply tires for three vehicles competing in the OK Class of the All-Japan Karting Championship, the premier karting race in Japan. Meanwhile, we will also be supporting the cultivation of young drivers by supplying "one-make" tires for such beginner-oriented races as FIA Formula 4, Formula 4 and X30 Challenge Japan. We are also proud to support car lovers and racing fans of all stripes through sponsoring and providing tires for participatory motorsports events such as the "TOYOTA GAZOO Racing 86/BRZ Race" and the "TOYOTA GAZOO Racing Rally Challenge", thus helping to expand the talent pool of future world-class racers.
Overseas, we will begin supplying "one-make" tires for the TOP RACE SERIES, one of the most popular racing series in Argentina, the first time.
2.Two-Wheel Motorsports Activities
Overseas, we will be supplying "one-make" tires for the Moto2 and Moto3 Classes in the FIM Grand Prix World Championship, which is one of the world's premier two-wheel racing tournaments. Meanwhile, in our motocross racing activities, DUNLOP is aiming for the championship in MXGP as well as our eighth consecutive year of dominating all classes in the AMA Supercross Championship.
In Japan, we will be supporting top teams and individual riders as they aim for the title in a wide range of tournaments, including the All-Japan Road Race Championship, the All-Japan Motocross Championship, the All-Japan Trials Championship and the Japan Enduro Championship. At the same time, we will also be supplying tires for 8 teams competing in the Suzuka 8 Hours, which is the largest motorbike race in Japan and the final race in the FIM Endurance World Championship, including 7 teams competing in the EWC Class, the worldwide regulation class of the Federation Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM; International Motorcycling Federation).
Furthermore, we will once again be supplying "one-make" tires for 250cc motorbikes competing in road races held throughout the world. These races help to cultivate young riders and are often the first step that up-and-coming racers take in their racing careers.
<2017 DUNLOP Four-Wheel Motorsports Activity Schedule Overview>
SUPER GT
ClassTeamVehicleDrivers
GT500NAKAJIMA RACINGHonda NSX-GTBertrand Baguette
Kosuke Matsuura
GT300GAINERMercedes-AMG GT3Katsuyuki Hiranaka
Bjorn Wirdheim
GT300GAINERNISSAN GT-R
NISMO GT3
Ryuichiro Tomita
Hiroki Yoshida
GT300R&D SPORTSUBARU BRZ GT300Takuto Iguchi
Hideki Yamauchi
GT300Audi Team HitotsuyamaAudi R8 LMSRichard Lyons
Masataka Yanagida
All-Japan Gymkhana Championship
ClassVehicleDrivers
PN4Mitsubishi LANCERShigeki Kayano
SA2Honda INTEGRATakashi Asayama
SA4Mitsubishi LANCERShinji Tsugawa
All-Japan Dirt Trial Championship
ClassVehicleDrivers
SA2Mitsubishi LANCERKazuhiro Kitamura
SC2Mitsubishi LANCEROsamu Yoshimura
DMitsubishi MIRAGEYoshiaki Sumiyama
All-Japan Rally Championship
ClassTeamVehicleDrivers
JN-6Team LUCKSUBARU WRXNorihiko Katsuta
JN-6Syms Racing TeamSUBARU WRXTakuma Kamada
All-Japan Karting Championship
ClassTeamDrivers
OKMasuda SpeedTurbo Asahi
OKTAKAGI PLANNINGShinji Sawada
TOYOTA GAZOO Racing 86/BRZ Race
ClassTeamDrivers
PROFESSIONALOTG Motor SPORTSNaoki Hattori
PROFESSIONALOTG Motor SPORTSHiroki Yoshida
PROFESSIONALWakayama TOYOTA TEAM OGAWATakeshi Matsumoto
PROFESSIONALNetz TOYOTA HYOGO Racing TeamHiroyuki Saka
One-Make Tire Racing Category
Series NameCountry
FIA-Formula4 Championship (7 Tournaments, 14 Total Races)Japan
Formula4 Championship
(East Japan: 6 Races, West Japan: 7 Races +1 Special Race)
Japan
X30 Challenge JapanJapan
TOP RACE SERIESArgentina
FIA- Formula4 Championship Young Driver Program"FIA-F4 JAPANESE CHALLENGE"
TeamDrivers
OTG Motor SPORTSTogo Suganami
<2017 DUNLOP Two-Wheel Motorsports Activity Schedule Overview>
AMA Supercross Championship
ClassTeamVehicleDrivers
450SXTeam Honda HRCHONDAK. Roczen
C. Seely
450SXMonster Energy / Yamalube /
Chaparral / Yamaha Financial Services / Yamaha
YAMAHAC. Reed
C. Webb
450SXMonster Energy KawasakiKAWASAKIE. Tomac
J. Grant
450SXRCH / Yoshimura / SuzukiSUZUKIJ. Bogle
B. Tickle
450SXAutoTrader / Monster Energy / Toyota / JGRMX / SuzukiSUZUKIJ. Barcia
W. Peick
450SXRed Bull KTMKTMR. Dungey
M. Musquin
T. Canard
450SXRocky Mountain ATV-MC/WPS/KTMKTMB. Baggett
D. Millsaps
450SXRockstar Energy Racing HusqvarnaHUSQVARNAJ. Anderson
D. Wilson
250SXGeico HondaHONDAC. Craig
J. Martin
250SXMonster Energy / Pro Circuit / KawasakiKAWASAKIJ. Hill
A. Forkner
J. Savatgy
250SXYamalube / Star Racing / YamahaYAMAHAA. Plessinger
D. Ferrandis
250SXTroy Lee Designs / GoPro / Red Bull / KTMKTMA. Martin
S. McElrath
250SXRockstar Energy Racing HusqvarnaHUSQVARNAZ. Osborne
M. Davalos
MXGP
ClassTeamVehicleDrivers
MX1Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing TeamKAWASAKIC. Dessale
J. Tixier
MX1Wilvo Yamaha Official MXGP TeamYAMAHAA. Tonus
S. Simpson
MX2HRC MX2HONDAM. Cervelin
C. Notsuka
MX2KEMEA Yamaha Official MX TeamYAMAHAB. Paturel
B. Van Doninck
All-Japan Road Race Championship
ClassTeamVehicleRiders
JSB1000Team KAGAYAMASUZUKIYukio Kagayama
JSB1000Team KAGAYAMASUZUKINaomichi Uramoto
JSB1000au&Teluru-Kohara RTHONDAKosuke Akiyoshi
JSB1000HiTMAN RC Koshien YAMAHAYAMAHAShinichi Nakatomi
JSB1000Webike Team Norick YAMAHAYAMAHATakumi Kamiwada
J-GP2Will-Raise Racing RS-ITOHKAWASAKIHitoyasu Izutsu
Takeshi Ishizuka
J-GP2T.Pro HARCHONDATakayuki Ooki
J-GP2Team KAGAYAMASUZUKISoushi Mihara
J-GP2MOTO BUM HONDAHONDAIkuhiro Enokido
J-GP2Thailand YAMAHA Team NorickYAMAHAK. Keminth
J-GP3BATTLE FACTORYHONDAYuta Date
J-GP3KTM RACING. ASPIRATIONKTMUkyo Furuichi
J-GP341PlanningIODAYoichi Ui
J-GP3Team P.MU 7CHONDAAkira Komuro
*Vehicles in the J-GP2 Class are listed by engine manufacturer.
All-Japan Motocross Championship
ClassTeamVehicleRiders
IA1Team HRCHONDAKei Yamamoto
IA1K.R.TKAWASAKIMakoto Ogata
IA2YAMAHA FACTORY RACING TEAMYAMAHAYusuke Watanabe
IA2N.R.THONDATaiki Koga
Takumu Yokosawa
IA2Team Flying Dolphin SAISEIYAMAHASatoshi Okano
All-Japan Trials Championship
ClassTeamVehicleRiders
IASHRC CLUB MITANIHONDATomoyuki Ogawa
IASYAMAHA FACTORY RACING TEAMYAMAHAKenichi Kuroyama
IASYSP KEIYO x KEN OKUYAMAYAMAHAFumitaka Nozaki
IASSo7 Audio Wise Beta TeamBETATsuyoshi Ogawa
Japan Enduro Championship
ClassTeamVehicleRiders
IABlue Riders with YAMALUBEYAMAHAKenji Suzuki
Yutaro Uchiyama
IAN.R.THONDATadashi Kugimura
Suzuka 8 Hours (Final Race in the FIM Endurance World Championship)
ClassTeamVehicleRiders
EWCTeam KAGAYAMASUZUKITo Be Determined
EWCSuzuki Endurance Racing TeamSUZUKITo Be Determined
EWCGMT94 YamahaYAMAHATo Be Determined
EWCTrick Star RacingKAWASAKITo Be Determined
EWCHonda Endurance Racing TeamHONDATo Be Determined
EWCKohara RTHONDATo Be Determined
EWCHonda Kumamoto RacingHONDATo Be Determined
SSTRS-ITOHKAWASAKITo Be Determined
One-Make Tire Racing Category
Series NameClass
FIM Grand Prix World ChampionshipMoto2 / Moto3
FIM CEV Repsol International ChampionshipMoto2 / Moto3
Red Bull MotoGP Rookies CupMoto3
FIM Asia Road Racing ChampionshipSS600 / AP250 / Suzuki Asian Challenge
MOTO AMERICASBK / ST1000 / SS600 / ST600 /KTM RC CUP
IDEMITSU Asia Talent CupMoto3
MFJ CUP/Regional ChampionshipsJP250
HRC NSF250R ChallengeJ-GP3
CBR250R Dream CupE Class / B Class
DUNLOP AUTOBY Cup Gymkhana!A Class / B Class / C1 Class / C2 Class


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