The Japanese fans are the most enthusiastic we know and they always make us feel very welcome here...
So in our Round of 14, we have 7 heats with two pilots flying against each other for a place in the Round of 8...
Current standings leader Martin Sonka is just 5 points ahead of defending World Champion Matthias Dolderer, with Yoshi Muroya in third...
Hot on their heels... Juan Velarde, Peter Podlunsek and Pete McLeod...
As we get set for the third race of the season, it's a crucial point in establishing a lead and a bid for the 2017 title
The track here is narrow and technical – with plenty of challenges to really put the pilots to the test
ROUND OF 14 HEATS:
IVANOFF V HALL
KOPFSTEIN V MUROYA
VELARDE V CHAMBLISS
BRAGEOT V SONKA
PODLUNSEK V GOULIAN
BOLTON V DOLDERER
LE VOT V MCLEOD
And we are off! It's French pilot Nicolas Ivanoff cleared into the track!
Let's see how Ivanoff handles the track here today, where it's all about flying clean!
And that's the buzzer for climbing in Gate 7 and he picks up 2s and may have blown his chance to progress against Hall... it's 58.057 for Ivanoff
Australian Matt Hall is flying his new Edge 540 V3 – he's logged 12 hours so far and is working to be at one with his raceplane so he can concentrate on his race lines
Hall is in the air and he's into the track – this is it if he wants to get back on track for the elusive title
It's green at the first split time and this is fantastic flying for Hall... it's green all the way! 55.459 for Hall and he goes through to the Round of 8!
Great news for our Australian fans joining us here today :)
Next up Czech pilot Kopfstein looking to ruin Muroya's day...
Kopfstein is in the track and he will set the bar for the Japanese hero
Smooth and clean for Kopfstein, not the fastest, but this could be the way to play it today
Good tactics from the Czech pilot and it's a 55.597 clean run for Kopfstein!
We know Muroya can easily go faster, but can he handle the pressure?
Kopfstein's time is faster than Ivanoff's though, so if Muroya wins this heat he could still progress