With the mercury pushing close to 30 degrees, the temperature was rising for the Challenger Cup Race, here's what the pilots thought:
1. Christian Bolton (CHI)
"Wow, it's incredible. I knew I was going to be on the podium, because of the time of some of the other pilots, but I really wasn't expecting the win. This is my first win in the Challenger Cup, so I'm very happy."
2. Petr Kopfstein (CZE)
"I really enjoyed the flight. I could've been a bit faster, but I was trying not to make any mistakes. I didn't want to get any penalties. I tried to fly fast, but I also needed to be conservative to keep the balance. I'm happy because it's a podium, but it's not a win."
3. Mikael Brageot (FRA)
"I'm really happy to be on the podium in the first race of the year. I was feeling good in the raceplane. I was relaxed, but focused before I came into the track and whilst I was racing. My flight was fast, and I'm pleased with that."
4. Florian Berger (GER)
"I feel really good. It was really cool to be racing. It's a nice feeling. My goal was to not hit a pylon and I didn't and my time was really good."
5. Daniel Ryfa (SWE)
"It was a good flight, but I picked up the penalty for incorrect level through the gate and it really cost me. So I'm angry with myself, because without that I would've been on the podium. Congratulations to the winner."
6. Francis Barros (BRA)
"I flew too low, the water was really calm today and I just dropped. But I've learnt a lot in Abu Dhabi and I need a better strategy before the race. I know what I need to work on to improve."