And this is a strong start... but NO! It's an over G early in Muroya's run and that is the end of his Chiba campaign and heartbreaking news for the home fans.
Muroya receives a DNF and he will not progress through to the Round of 8 today in Chiba
And the next heat is Petr Kopfstein up against Mika Brageot...
Both of these next generation pilots are on the rise so this is a great match!
Kopfstein gives the French pilot a lot to think about as he storms through the track and posts a 56.864
But Brageot is full of confidence and has impressed already this season so he could take this from Kopfstein
And it's green at the first split! This is great flying from Brageot
Second split and it turns red... this will be close. And Brageot is coming back... he's done it! It's a 56.693, just 0.171s faster than Kopfstein! Brageot goes through
Next heat is Le Vot V Chambliss
McLeod, Dolderer, Sonka, Hall, Brageot, Le Vot, Goulian and Velarde all progress to the Round of 8.