Welcome to the Red Bull Air Race Chiba! We've already had typhoons, blessings and all hands on deck... and the racing is yet to begin. Your Japanese air racing adventures start here...
All eyes have been on Yoshi Muroya as the Japanese pilot prepares for his first-ever home race
The racetrack operations team had a 4AM start to get the racetrack ready
"With record crowds of 120 thousand over both days this weekend, we can't wait to get up in the air. With the strong sea breeze here it should be an exciting test of piloting skill, which will keep the crowds entertained right to the final flight.. #airrace"
Yoshi Muroya must retain his zen-like focus amidst all the attention this weekend
With the typhoon having passed through, calmer waters meant that racetrack prep could get underway. The first Red Bull Air Race in Chiba is now ready to rock
As soon as I joined the series in 2009, I wanted to race in Japan... Lots of people have made sure it happened. I'm really happy to be in front of the home fans, it's really special...- Yoshi Muroya
As Friday wraps up here in Japan, the first test flights are complete, as the pilots get to grips with the local conditions. Blustery sea breezes could present a challenge, but Abu Dhabi winner Paul Bonhomme says it's up to each pilot to "... fly appropriately in the conditions you're given."
Good morning , Red Bull Air Race fans! Welcome to Qualifying Day – plenty of racing action coming up for you today... Let's catch up on what's been going on here in Chiba, Japan...
More weather woes this morning in Chiba, but despite the drizzle and temporary setbacks, the schedule is back on track and the Japanese fans are in for a treat
Yoshi holds a traditional Teru teru bozu doll to help encourage some sunshine later today
Last night, the pilots completed their all-important first test flights in the Chiba racetrack. There's still some adjusting to do and lots of data analysis to put into practice during the Training sessions ahead of Qualifying today
I’m not worried about the weather, the pylons aren’t up in the clouds.
Current conditions – Northerly wind between 3-4kts
It's good to be back out there. The track is interesting and what
happens will depend on the wind. If there's a south-westerly wind, it'll
push people over to one side of the track and after a vertical turn, it
might be hard to make the correct adjustment at the speeds we fly.
Challenger Training 1 is complete and it's Sweden's Daniel Ryfa who is leading the pack so far this afternoon in Chiba. Official results coming soon.
It was good to get in the track. I had all my preparation ready and flew my lines. I tried too hard at one turn and wasn’t level through the gate. I’m hoping to eliminate any mistakes by tomorrow- Daniel Ryfa
Challengers Training 1 Official Results
Relaxed atmosphere in the hangars as the Master Class pilots prepare for the Saturday action...
Master Class Training kicks off at 13:50 local time
In the meantime, find out Mike Mangold's thoughts on the Chiba racetrack