American Mike Goulian was the only competitor to make it through cleanly on each of his runs, although he wasn't particularly fast so might need to experiment further in the next session
Only three pylon hits, which was a surprise considering this track has been described as particularly narrow and technical
Here's one from Chile's Cristian Bolton...
FREE PRACTICE 4 STARTS AT 1415 LOCAL TIME
Here's a little glimpse of the man of the moment, Yoshi Muroya getting the fans excited along the Makuhari Beach...
Free Practice 4 has just ended and we've got a shake up already in terms of the timesheets as the pilots become more comfortable in the Chiba racetrack...
OFFICIAL FREE PRACTICE 4 RESULTS:
LE VOT 56.826
AND WE ARE LIVE FROM QUALIFYING IN CHIBA!
Here's how they performed in Free Practice 4 just now...
This track is all about getting the start right and through to the first Vertical Turn
And it's a tough track to navigate, with a change of race line on lap 2
Now moving into our third of eight races, this one here in Japan is key for the frontrunners to establish a lead and ultimately a title bid
Sonka is currently at the top, with Dolderer close behind so these two will really be battling it out today to get a top spot for tomorrow's R14
Mika Brageot is first out into the track, after finishing 2nd in FP4
But that is a mess for him! The wind has picked up and it's an early roll out of Gate 6...
- Pylon Hit!
It's a pylon hit at Gate 7!
An automatic 5s now for incorrect level at Gate 6 and for that pylon hit...
It's 1:01.958 for Brageot...
Brageot has a second run to try to improve that and let's see if he's settled in the cockpit this time
Much better for the Frenchman this time and it's 56.169 clean!
Australian Matt Hall is up next, flying his new Edge 540 V3 – he was fastest in FP3 but dropped in FP4 so we can't say yet whether he's really got a handle on it yet
That is a super run from Hall! It's 55.010 and he easily moves ahead of Brageot! One in the bag there for the Australian and he can afford to push it harder in his second run