Our third and final French pilot flies next – Nicolas Ivanoff
And there's the next of the calls from the Race Tower – it's a Safety Climb Out for Ivanoff for crossing the crowd line and he'll have to really pull out all the stops in Q2
OK, second time into the track and Ivanoff will have to capitalise on his extensive race experience to get the balance just right for this run
55.791 for Ivanoff and that moves him into 4th place! Well recovered for the Frenchman!
Canada's Pete McLeod is the next pilot to fly... we're wondering if he's got his head back in the game here in Japan after a disappointing time in San Diego
This is good flying from McLeod and he's looking confident in the track, really taking it in his stride
He was not showing his hand earlier in Free Practice, but clearly he's got the hang of this track! It's a 54.952 and moves straight into 1st place!
And this second run is spectacular! McLeod is on great form and Q2 is even better!
McLeod beats his own time and posts 54.609 and increases his lead at the top! That's a clear sign to Sonka and Dolderer that he's here to make amends...
Five pilots to fly... and it's Peter Podlunsek to fly next. He took a phenomenal 2nd place in San Diego and we'll have to see if he can repeat his form here
The Slovenian is cleared into the track and he's making his way through, it's red on the split times and then it's that familiar call – Safety Climb Out for crossing the crowd line for Podlunsek
The wind is blowing from left to right across towards the safety line so the pilots will have to compensate for this if they want to stay within the rules
Q2 now for Podlunsek... it's a slow start into the track, he'll know cautious will be worthwhile to bank a time for tomorrow
It's a little loose on the track, those lines could be a lot tighter but Podlunsek just needs to post a time... and he's red on the splits and it's 55.605 and he's in 5th place with four to fly. Not bad at all...
McLeod: "Just learning from Free Practice and I tightened things up. The wind was down a bit and I took advantage of tha – i took more risks at Gate 7. I think it will show on the times. The track's a little more compressed that in past two years and I like that. With this wind it's a bit unpredictable."
Velarde, Muroya, Dolderer and Sonka to fly...
Spaniard Juan Velarde makes his way into the track and he needs to concentrate on the flying – he's been reflecting on what he needs to do here in Chiba
The split times are in the red but he's not far off here and has upped his game already!
55.912 moves him into 7th place and he will sit safely in the midfield, unless he can ramp it up in his Q2 run...
This is great for his second run! He is well on the heels of McLeod!
Well done Velarde! Back in the mix with 55.632 moves him up to 6th place and shows promise for tomorrow's racing. Could he maintain his 4th place overall in the current standings coming out of Japan...
And here comes Yoshi Muroya! We've got 35,000 fans here in Chiba and they will be cheering on their hero!
Beautifully flown by Muroya and that is just what the fans want to see!
It's 55.625 for Q1 and that is enough for 6th place... but that is very promising and he's still got Q2 to climb higher!