Chiba 2019: Round Of 8 Preview
With Martin Sonka out, the World Championship is in the hands of Yoshihide Muroya and Matt Hall. Here’s how they line up for the Round of 8…
Ben Murphy v Pete McLeod
Murphy flew well in the Round of 14 and has to fly first again, but that doesn't seem to concern him. He’ll go out and fly as he did earlier. McLeod set the fastest net time of the Round of 14, but a penalty almost cost him. How that will affect his flying, we’ll find out soon enough.
Yoshihide Muroya v François Le Vot
Muroya had a nervous wait to see if he was going to make it through as the Fastest Loser, but he made it through and now needs to refocus to improve. Le Vot has been consistent all week and looks to be continuing that trend. If the pressure gets to Muroya it will go to Le Vot.
Nicolas Ivanoff v Kirby Chambliss
These are the two longest serving pilots in the Red Bull Air Race and it’s almost poetic that they’ll go head-to-head in the final race. Both have outdone themselves so far today and this heat could go either way.
Mika Brageot v Matt Hall
Brageot will count himself lucky that he has made it this far. His time was slow in the Round of 14 and it was Kopfstein’s mistake that saw Brageot progress in the race. Hall was slick in his Round of 14 flight and it his now his World Championship title to lose!