Way off the pace here Matt... it's only a 1:08.070. He's got work to do and will have to dig deep in his second run if he wants to get the advantage of the pairings in tomorrow's Round of 14
Nigel Lamb flies for the home crowd now and he's a tough man to beat on a good day... but we've not seen his finest form this year
The first split is red and he's not recovering well here... and he didn't make the podium here in 2015
The Brits are behind him but it's just not enough to get him home first
It's a 1:08.666 for Lamb and puts him in 6th place with half the field to fly
Nicolas Ivanoff leaves the ground in front of the grandstand next and his Team Hamilton orange Edge 540 V2 is as individual as he is ;)
But we need style and substance from the Frenchman here today
Those split times are not looking good, it's a definite rouge...
And he posts
1:08.363 to sit above Lamb, in 6th place
5 to go in this first Qualifying session – there will be a second session where all 14 Master Class pilots can try to better their time
This affects the head to head pairings in tomorrow's Round of 14 and it's advantageous to win if you want to have a strong chance to progress further
Muroya of Japan goes next... he's always the wildcard
A man of few words, Muroya was overcome in Japan earlier this year when he claimed his first career win in front of the home fans
There's a lot of love for Yoshi! Let us know you're here Japanese fans!
Muroya does a great job out there and leaves a 1:07.908 on the timesheets
SONKA: I flew the exact trajectory I planned and I'm really happy with the time and result
The USA pilot puts himself in the middle of the pack with 1:08.018
Austria's Hannes Arch out next into the track. He had a howler in 2015 when he had technical issues on race day and had to sit out the Round of 8... ultimately waving goodbye to his title
And Arch will also sit in the middle of the pack with a 1:08.535
Dolderer now giving Sonka a run for his money...
It's a great run for the German but he just can't catch Sonka! This could be a tight race!
It's a 1:06.214 for Dolderer – he's not all out here, he knows he just needs to play it right
Final pilot out in this first Qualifying session, it's Juan Velarde... who was put to the end of the running order due to a technical issue earlier