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Announcing Our 2020 DUNLOP & FALKEN Motorsports Activity Plan

Sumitomo Rubber Industries, Ltd. is pleased to announce that we have finalized our motorsports activity plan for 2020. This year, we will once again be supplying our high-performance tires to drivers competing on two wheels and on four wheels in various races and racing categories—from beginner-level competitions to world-class tournaments—both in Japan and worldwide. Through our active participation in motorsports, we aim to further enhance the value of our DUNLOP and FALKEN brands and augment our overall tire development capabilities while also supporting car lovers the world over and contributing to the development and popularization of competitive motorsports in general.

1. Four-Wheel Motorsports Activities 
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Honda NSX-GT (L) and DOME F111/3 (R)

In Japan, the highlight of our activities will be SUPER GT, one of Japan’s premier racing tournaments. In this series, we will be supplying tires for four racecars driven by three outstanding teams, including Modulo Nakajima Racing (Honda NSX-GT) in the GT500 Class and two teams competing in the GT300 Class. In addition, we will also be supplying tires to many racing teams competing for titles in various classes in a wide range of races and racing categories, including the All-Japan Rally Championship, the All-Japan Gymkhana Championship, the All-Japan Dirt Trial Championship, the All-Japan Karting Championship and more.
 On top of that, we will also be providing one-make tires for the Formula Regional Japanese Championship, a new tournament introduced this year and featuring a new formula racecar built to a recently adopted FIA global standard: the DOME F111/3. Meanwhile, we will also be supporting the cultivation of younger drivers by supplying one-make tires for beginner-oriented tournaments such as FIA-F4 and other F4 tournaments. At the same time, we will also be supporting amateur drivers by supplying one-make tires for all races in the newly created open-participation VITA RACE and MINI CHALLENGE JAPAN while continuing to sponsor and provide tires for other open-participation competitions such as the TOYOTA GAZOO Racing 86/BRZ Race and the TOYOTA GAZOO Racing Rally Challenge.

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FALKEN Porsche 911 GT3R

This year, FALKEN will once again be competing in the legendary ADAC TOTAL 24-Hour Race (commonly known as the Nürburgring 24h-Race thanks to its venue: the Nürburgring Course in Nürburg, Germany), which is widely considered to be the world’s toughest endurance race. Team FALKEN Motorsports will be competing for glory with not one, but two Porsche 911 GT3R racecars, doubling up on the racecar that we have fielded (in the singular) in this race since 2011. In addition, we will also continue supplying tires to Team SUBARU TECNICA INTERNATIONAL as they compete in the SP3T Class after winning their sixth in-class victory to date in last year’s 24 Hours Nürburgring.
 Through these activities, we aim to further enhance the value of the FALKEN brand, which is already well regarded in Europe and North America thanks to its high performance, while at the same time contributing to the overall development of motorsports in general.
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2. Two-Wheel Motorsports Activities 
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Scene from 2019 FIM Grand Prix World Championship (Moto2 Class)

We will be supplying one-make tires to support riders competing in the Moto2 and Moto3 Classes at the FIM Grand Prix World Championship, which ranks among the world’s premier two-wheel racing tournaments. At the same time, we will also be supplying tires to three teams competing for glory in the FIM Endurance World Championship.
 Meanwhile, when it comes to off-road racing activities, having set a new record by dominating in all classes at the AMA Supercross Championship (USA) for eleven consecutive years, we will once again be gunning for victory in all classes for our twelfth straight year while also aiming for the title of World Champion in the Motocross World Championship.
 Here in Japan, we will be supporting many riders as they compete in a wide range of races and racing categories, including the All-Japan Road Race Championship. On top of that, we will also be supplying one-make tires for 250cc motorbikes to support younger riders competing in the Junior Championship Class at the NSF100 HRC Trophy tournament and other competitions held to cultivate up-and-coming riders competing in the globally popular 250cc Class. Through these activities, we hope to contribute to the creation of an apt environment for the cultivation of world-class riders right here in Japan.

■2020 DUNLOP Four-Wheel Motorsports Activity Plan Overview
SUPER GT 

Class Team Vehicle Driver
GT500 Modulo Nakajima Racing Honda NSX-GT Takuya Izawa
Hiroki Otsu
GT300 GAINER NISSAN GT-R NISMO GT3 Katsuyuki Hiranaka
Hironobu Yasuda
R&D SPORT SUBARU BRZ GT300 Takuto Iguchi
Hideki Yamauchi
K-tunes Racing LEXUS RC F GT3 Morio Nitta
Sena Sakaguchi


All-Japan Rally Championship 

Class Team Vehicle Driver
JN1 LUCK RALLY TEAM SUBARU WRX Norihiko Katsuta
itzz Rally Team SUBARU WRX Takuma Kamada


All-Japan Gymkhana Championship 

Class Team Vehicle Driver
PN2 TEAM ETOILE TOYOTA Vitz Takashi Asayama
PN4 BODY MAGIC Mitsubishi Lancer Shigeki Kayano
SA4 TEAM URGENT Mitsubishi Lancer Shinji Tsugawa


All-Japan Dirt Trial Championship 

Class Team Vehicle Driver
SA2 MJT / HKS / DL Lancer Mitsubishi Lancer Kazuhiro Kitamura
D Team Kuribara Auto Kikaku SUBARU BRZ Takuma Kamada
ZEAL by TS DL Mirage Mitsubishi Lancer Yuya Sumiyama


All-Japan Karting Championship

Class Team Driver
OK MASUDA RACING PROJECT Turbo Asahi
TAKAGI PLANNING Taiga Imoto
Crocpromotion Shunsuke Minagi


TOYOTA GAZOO Racing 86/BRZ Race 

Class Team Vehicle Driver
Professional OTG Motor SPORTS TOYOTA 86 Naoki Hattori
TOYOTA 86 Ritomo Miyata
TOYOTA 86 Togo Suganami
RECARO 86 / BRZ RACING TEAM TOYOTA 86 Kota Sasaki
TOYOTA 86 Tetsuya Tanaka
Netz Toyota Hyogo Racing Team TOYOTA 86 Hiroyuki Saka

 
FIA-F4 JAPANESE CHALLENGE

Team Driver
OTG Motor SPORTS Remei Ito


One-Make Tire Racing Category 

Series Name Country
Top Race Series Argentina
Porsche Carrera Cup Chile
Formula Regional Japanese Championship Japan
FIA-F4 Championship Japan
F4 Championship Japan
Formula Enjoy Japan
VITA RACE Japan
MINI CHALLENGE JAPAN Japan
EXGEL NEXT CUP with DUNLOP 2020 Series Japan

 
■2020 FALKEN Four-Wheel Motorsports Activity Plan Overview
ADAC TOTAL 24-Hour Race(Nürburgring 24h-Race) 

Class Team Vehicle Driver
SP9 (FIA-GT3) FALKEN Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3R TBD
TBD
TBD
TBD
Porsche 911 GT3R TBD
TBD
TBD
TBD
SP3T SUBARU TECNICA INTERNATIONAL SUBARU WRX STI Carlo van Dam
Tim Schrick
Hideki Yamauchi
Takuto Iguchi


■2020 DUNLOP Two-Wheel Motorsports Activity Plan Overview
Road Racing World Championships
FIM Endurance World Championship

Class Team Vehicle Rider
EWC Suzuki Endurance Racing Team SUZUKI TBD
BMW MOTORRAD WORLD ENDURANCE TEAM BMW TBD
VRD IGOL PIERRET EXPERIENCES YAMAHA TBD


One-Make Tire Racing Category

 Series Name Class
 FIM Grand Prix World Championship Moto2 / Moto3


Off-Road Racing World Championships
Motocross World Championship 

Class Team Vehicle Rider
MX1 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team KAWASAKI C. Desalle
R. Febvre
Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing HUSQVARNA A. Jasikonis
P. Jonass
Standing Construct GAS GAS Factory Racing GAS GAS F. Coldenhoff
I. Monticelli


International Road Racing Tournaments
One-Make Tire Racing Category 

Series Name Class
FIM CEV Repsol International Championship Moto2 / Moto3
Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup Moto3
FIM Asia Road Racing Championship ASB1000 / SS600 / AP250 / UB150
IDEMITSU ASIA TALENT CUP Moto3

 
National Road Racing Tournaments
All Japan Road Race Championship (Japan) 

Class Team Vehicle Rider
JSB1000 HiTMAN RC Koshien Yamaha YAMAHA Shinichi Nakatomi
J-GP3 41Planning IODA Yoichi Ui
Sunny moto planning AKR KTM Akira Komuro
Team P.MU 7C MIKUNI HONDA Akito Narita
Mikuni VISION 2023 HONDA Takeru Murase

 
One-Make Tire Racing Category

 Series Name Class Country
Moto America SBK / ST1000 / SS600 / Twins Cup / Junior Cup USA
GP Colombia Championship GP3 / 150cc Colombia
Argentina SBK Championship SBK / SS600 / R3 / 250cc Argentina
SBK National Championship SBK / SS600 / ST1000 / ST600 Chile
Thailand Talent Cup Moto3 Thailand
All Japan Road Race Championship / Regionals ST1000 Japan
MFJ CUP / Regionals JP250 Japan
HRC NSF250R Challenge - Japan
HRC NSF100 HRC Trophy Junior Championship Class Japan
HRC CBR250R Dream Cup Expert Class / Beginner Class Japan
HRC CBR250RR Dream Cup - Japan
DUNLOP Gekkan AUTOBY Cup! for Gymkhana  A Class / B Class / C1 Class / C2 Class Japan


【National Off-Road Racing Tournaments】
AMA Supercross Championship (USA)

Class Team Vehicle Rider
450SX Team Honda HRC HONDA K. Roczen
J. Brayton
Monster Energy Factory YAMAHA YAMAHA J. Barcia
A. Plessinger
Monster Energy Kawasaki KAWASAKI E. Tomac
A. Cianciarulo
Red Bull KTM Factory KTM C. Webb
M. Musquin
Rockstar Energy Husqvarna HUSQVARNA J. Anderson
Z. Osborne
D. Wilson
250SX GEICO HONDA / AMSOL / Factory Connection HONDA C.Sexton
J. Martin
Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki KAWASAKI A. Forkner
J. Smith
Monster Energy / Thor / Parts Unlimited / Star Racing YAMAHA D. Ferrandis
S. Mcelrath
Troy Lee Designs / Red Bull / KTM KTM B. Hartranft
P. Brown


All-Japan Motocross Championship (Japan)

Class Team Vehicle Rider
IA1 YAMAHA FACTORY RACING TEAM YAMAHA Toshiki Tomita
Yusuke Watanabe
Honda Dream Racing HAMMER HONDA Chihiro Notsuka
IA2 Team Kawasaki R&D KAWASAKI Haruki Yokoyama
bLU cRU TEAM KOH-Z YAMAHA Yuki Okura

 
All-Japan Trials Championship (Japan)

Class Team Vehicle Rider
IAS TEAM MITANI Honda HONDA Tomoyuki Ogawa
Team FwO with YAMALUBE YAMAHA Fumitaka Nozaki
YAMAHA FACTORY RACING TEAM YAMAHA Kenichi Kuroyama

 

Japan Enduro Championship (Japan)

Class Team Vehicle Rider
IA So7 Audio with BETA Racing BETA Tadashi Kugimura
Blue Riders with YAMALUBE YAMAHA Kenji Suzuki
BIVOUAC OSAKA with RG3 Racing GAS GAS Yoshikazu Hosaka

  The above activity plan is based on the racing schedule as of the issue date of this News Release. Please understand that plans may be changed without notice.

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