But the big news is that Matt Hall has his new Edge 540 V3 and he's already learning to master the new steed... finishing 4th in yesterday's Qualifying
Defending 2016 World Champion Matthias Dolderer was fastest in Qualifying but Goulian was hot on his heels! We think today's race will be a sizzler!
And Japan's Muroya is the only pilot to fly under 58s so he could really do well and ruin McLeod's day...
He's cleared into the track and WE ARE OFF!
And straight into that first chicane and this is good work from Muroya! He needs to be under 1:00... and it's clean! Go Japan!
The pressure will be on McLeod here... these two are very well matched and it's either pilot's heat to win!
Muroya stops the clock in 59.280!
Canada's McLeod is ready to go... this is all to play for and let's see what he can do out there on the San Diego track!
McLeod is in the track and the first split time is red... then he pulls it back and it goes green!
Back to red and this is so close! Can he beat Muroya?
No... McLeod's off the pace but this could see him take the fastest loser spot with 59.738
Podlunsek V Hall next... will the Australian keep his cool in the heat? Not long to wait and we'll have the answer
Slovenia's Podlunsek is out in the track and this is really impressive flying!
He makes light work of the track and this is amazing! He clears 2s from his personal best and posts 58.929! That is not what Hall will have expected so anything could happen here!
Hall makes his way through the Start Gate and it's essential he gives this everything to progress!
That first split time is showing green and he can't take anything for granted out there
It's now into the red... and it's red again! Hall could be out...
Make or break for Hall! It's the green light for Podlunsek!
Hall posts 59.672 and moves into the fastest loser spot, pushing McLeod out for today
Great news for Podlunsek and what a great first surprise result for today!
MUROYA: "We stuck with the same flight as in FP3, it's still a conservative line and this a very good position for R8. Maybe we can push for another second. We'll keep it the same."
Le Vot V Chambliss next...
The Frenchman takes on the home hero next and who knows which pilot will take this one...
Le Vot enters the track and we hear his war cry from the cockpit!
Le Vot will set the pace for Chambliss and that's a great run for the French pilot, shaving off further time from his earlier personal best to post 1:00.788
12th season for Chambliss... he's got the advantage here in San Diego, having flown at every previous race in America's Finest City...