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Announcing Our 2021 DUNLOP & FALKEN Motorsports Activity Plan

 Sumitomo Rubber Industries, Ltd. is pleased to announce that we have finalized our motorsports activity plan for 2021. 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 advancement and popularization of competitive motorsports in general.



1. Four-Wheel Motorsports Activities 

○DUNLOP

TEAM Red Bull MUGEN Honda NSX-GT


The highlight of our activities in 2021 will surely be SUPER GT, which is widely considered to be the pinnacle of Japanese racing. This year, TEAM Red Bull MUGEN will join Modulo Nakajima Racing to become the second racecars competing in the GT500 Class with DUNLOP tires. We will also be supporting two new racecars in the GT300 Class, meaning that we will be supplying tires to six teams and seven racecars in total at this year’s SUPER GT.
In addition, we will also be supplying tires to many more racing teams competing in various classes in a wide range of races and racing categories throughout Japan, including the All-Japan Rally Championship, the All-Japan Gymkhana Championship, the All-Japan Dirt Trial Championship and the All-Japan Karting Championship.
At the same time, with an eye toward lowering the barriers to entry so that more and more people can enjoy competitive motorsports, we will be providing one-make tires for the Formula Regional Japanese Championship (a new FIA Global Standard tournament introduced in 2020) and other entry-level formula racing tournaments such as the FIA-F4 Championship and JAF-F4 Championship, as well as for open-participation competitions such as the VITA RACE and MINI CHALLENGE JAPAN. In addition, we will also be working to support the cultivation of young, up-and-coming drivers by sponsoring and providing tires for races that are open to amateurs, including the TOYOTA GAZOO Racing 86/BRZ Race and the TOYOTA GAZOO Racing Rally Challenge. 


○FALKEN

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 due to its venue: the famed Nürburgring Course in Nürburg, Germany), which is widely considered to be the world’s toughest endurance race. This year, Team FALKEN Motorsports will once again be competing for glory with not one, but two Porsche 911 GT3R racecars. Through these activities, we aim to further enhance the value of the FALKEN brand, which is already quite well regarded in Europe and North America thanks to its high performance, while at the same time contributing to the overall advancement of motorsports in general.
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2. Two-Wheel Motorsports Activities

○DUNLOP

Scene from 2020 FIM Endurance World Championship

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, after setting a new record by dominating in all classes at the AMA Supercross Championship (USA) for twelve consecutive years, we will once again be gunning for victory in all classes for our thirteenth 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. We will also be supplying one-make tires for 250cc motorbikes to support younger riders competing in the Junior Class at the “NSF100 HRC Trophy Championship” 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 environment that is more conducive to the cultivation of world-class riders right here in Japan.


■2021 DUNLOP Four-Wheel Motorsports Activity Plan Overview

SUPER GT

Class

Team

Vehicle

Driver

GT500

Modulo Nakajima Racing

Honda NSX-GT

Takuya Izawa

Hiroki Otsu

TEAM Red Bull MUGEN

Honda NSX-GT

Ukyo Sasahara

Toshiki Oyu

GT300

GAINER

NISSAN GT-R NISMO GT3

Katsuyuki Hiranaka

Hironobu Yasuda

NISSAN GT-R NISMO GT3

Kazuki Hoshino

Keishi Ishikawa

R&D SPORT

SUBARU BRZ GT300

Takuto Iguchi

Hideki Yamauchi

K-tunes Racing

LEXUS RC F GT3

Morio Nitta

Sena Sakaguchi

LM corsa

TOYOTA GR Supra GT

Hiroki Yoshimoto

Shunsuke Kohno

 

All-Japan Rally Championship

Class

Team

Vehicle

Driver

JN1

TOYOTA GAZOO Racing

TOYOTA GR YARIS GR4 Rally

Norihiko Katsuta

itzz Rally Team

SUBARU WRX STI

Takuma Kamada

 

All-Japan Gymkhana Championship

Class

Team

Vehicle

Driver

JG1

TEAM URGENT

Mitsubishi Lancer

Shinji Tsugawa

JG3

Okinawa Exciting Motor Sports Club

SUZUKI SWIFT

Jun Takae

JG5

T.ASSIST

TOYOTA GR YARIS

Shigeki Kayano

TEAM ETOILE

TOYOTA GR YARIS

Takashi Asayama

JG6

Kanetsu Sports Club

MAZDA ROADSTER

Takahiro Nojima

JG7

Obelisk Racing Team

ABARTH 124 spider

Yohei Omata

JG8

MAZDA ROADSTER

Tadashi Kawakita

 

All-Japan Dirt Trial Championship

Class

Team

Vehicle

Driver

JD4

MJT・HKS・DL LANCER

Mitsubishi Lancer

Kazuhiro Kitamura

JD1

Team Kuribara Auto Kikaku

SUBARU BRZ

Takuma Kamada

ZEAL by TS-SUMIYAMA

Mitsubishi Mirage

Yuya Sumiyama

 

All-Japan Karting Championship

Class

Team

Driver

OK

MASUDA RACING PROJECT

Turbo Asahi

Yuto Nomura

TAKAGI PLANNING

Fuki Tanaka

Yusuke Watanabe

Keito Matsui

CROCPROMOTION

Shunsuke Minagi

CUORE

Taiga Imoto

 

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

TOYOTA 86

Remei Ito

RECARO RACING TEAM

TOYOTA 86

Kota Sasaki

SUBARU BRZ

Takashi Kogure

Access Racing Team

TOYOTA 86

Hiroyuki Saka

 

FIA-F4 JAPANESE CHALLENGE

Team

Driver

OTG Motor SPORTS

Remei Ito

 

One-Make Tire Racing Category

Series Name

Formula Regional Japanese Championship

FIA-F4 Championship

JAF-F4 Championship

VITA RACE

MINI CHALLENGE JAPAN

EXGEL NEXT CUP with DUNLOP 2021 Series

 

■2021 FALKEN Four-Wheel Motorsports Activity Plan Overview

ADAC TOTAL 24-Hour Race

Class

Team

Vehicle

Driver

SP9 (FIA-GT3)

FALKEN Motorsports

Porsche 911 GT3R

Klaus Bachler

Dirk Werner

Sven Müller

Alessio Picariello

Porsche 911 GT3R

Klaus Bachler

Martin Ragginger

Lance David Arnold

Thomas Preining

 

■2021 DUNLOP Two-Wheel Motorsports Activity Plan Overview

【Road Racing World Championships】

FIM Endurance World Championship

Class

Team

Vehicle

Rider

EWC

BMW MOTORRAD WORLD ENDURANCE TEAM

BMW

TBD

VRD IGOL PIERRET EXPERIENCES

YAMAHA

TBD

WOJCIK RACING TEAM

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

Romain Febvre

Ivo Monticelli

Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing

HUSQVARNA

Arminas Jasikonis

Thomas Kjer Olsen

Standing Construct GsaGas Factory Racing

GASGAS

Pauls Jonass

Brian Bogers

 

【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

NORTHERN TALENT 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

Waveinn-R

YAMAHA

Shinichi Nakatomi

J-GP3

41Planning

IODA

Yoichi Ui

Sunny moto Racing

KTM

Akira Komuro

Team P.MU 7C

HONDA

Hiroki Ono

 


One-Make Tire Racing Category

Series Name

Class

Country

MOTO AMERICA

SBK / ST1000 / SS600 / Twins Cup / Junior Cup / Mini 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

ST1000

Japan

MFJ CUP / Regionals

JP250

Japan

HRC NSF250R Challenge

J-GP3

Japan

NSF100 HRC Trophy

Junior Championship Class

Japan

CBR250R Dream Cup

Expert Class / Beginner Class

Japan

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

Ken Roczen

Chase Sexton

Monster Energy Star Yamaha Racing 450 Team

YAMAHA

Aaron Plessinger

Dylan Ferrandis

Malcolm Stewart

Monster Energy Kawasaki

KAWASAKI

Eli Tomac

Adam Cianciarulo

Red Bull KTM Factory

KTM

Cooper Webb

Marvin Musquin

Rockstar Energy Husqvarna

HUSQVARNA

Jason Anderson

Zach Osborne

Dean Wilson

Troy Lee Designs Red Bull GASGAS Factory Racing Team

GASGAS

Justin Barcia

250SX

Team Honda HRC

HONDA

Hunter Lawrence

Jett Lawrence

Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki

KAWASAKI

Austin Forkner

Cameron McAdoo

Jordon Smith

Jo Shimada

Monster Energy Star Yamaha Racing 250 Team

YAMAHA

Christian Craig

Colt Nichols

Jeremy Martin

Justin Cooper

Rockstar Energy Husqvarna

HUSQVARNA

RJ Hampshire

Jalek Swoll

Troy Lee Designs Red Bull GASGAS Factory Racing Team

GASGAS

Michael Mosiman

Pierce Brown

 

All-Japan Motocross Championship (Japan)

Class

Team

Vehicle

Rider

IA1

YAMAHA FACTORY RACING TEAM

YAMAHA

Toshiki Tomita

Yusuke Watanabe

Team Kawasaki R&D

KAWASAKI

Chihiro Notsuka

 

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

Blue Riders with YAMALUBE

YAMAHA

Kenji Suzuki

BIVOUAC OSAKA with RG3 Racing

GASGAS

Yoshikazu Hosaka

※Note: 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.