Kazan 2019 Reactions: Master Class Qualifying

Qualifying today saw Mika Brageot take the top spot for the first time in his Master Class career, while Dolderer’s pylon hit means he won’t compete tomorrow. 

Yoshihide Muroya
“I think I did a good run, but the winds have shifted so it’s a little bit difficult, but I think I did a good job. I don’t expect anything tomorrow, I will just do my job and try to get to the Final 4.”

15 - 16 Jun

Kazan 2019: Master Class Reactions FP 1+2

The pilots are back in the track after an extended break. They are excited to be competing again. Here's their first impressions of the 2019 Kazan circuit...

15 - 16 Jun

Goulian Wants The Top Spot In Russia

Since Abu Dhabi last year Michael Goulian has been in the form of his racing career. And it’s clear to see that the green shoots of that form started to show in Kazan 2017. 

The first visit to Russia for the Air Race saw Goulian claim his first podium since 2009. He finished third behind Pete McLeod and Kirby Chambliss, which made it a full North American podium. 

15 - 16 Jun

McLeod: “There is a Lot of Potential This Season.”

In Abu Dhabi, Pete McLeod was fast – so fast, in fact, that he set the fastest net time on Race Day. But a slight miscalculation saw him fly through Gate 7 at the incorrect level, costing him two seconds in penalties, ultimately bringing his Race Day to an early conclusion. 

Marc Márquez Talks Air Race With Velarde

At the recent MotoGP race in Jerez, MotoGP Repsol Honda rider Marc Márquez caught up with Juan Velarde and talked about all things racing. 

Spaniards Márquez and Velarde both wear the Repsol colours, and share a love of high adrenaline racing. Márquez – a five-time MotoGP World Champion with titles in the 125CC and Moto2 classes – took the race win in his home race at the Circuito de Jerez. Velarde, who raced motorbikes in his younger days, was not only there to witness the racing action, but also performed a display for the thousands of fans that were there to cheer on Márquez.

Meet Vito Wyprächtiger

Along with Sammy Mason and Patrick Strasser, Vito Wyprächtiger has also joined the Challenger Class ranks for 2019. Here’s what you need to know about the Swiss pilot... 

Although it’s Wyprächtiger's debut season, as a pilot he has a long history with the Air Race. In 2007, whilst also studying, he joined as Team Coordinator for Hannes Arch. “I was getting my technician’s licence, and by the third race of 2008 I became the team technician after I had qualified,” he explained.

Bergér: “I Want That Third Title”

Florian Bergér has been the man to watch in the Challenger Cup since he first burst onto the circuit in 2015 and almost claimed a podium in his first race, missing out on the win by just 0.572s.

Since then he has gone on to claim two titles, seven race wins, and a total of 15 podiums – the most successful pilot in the history of the Challenger Class. 

Brageot To Take Next Step

Mika Brageot has been turning heads and cited as one to watch since joining the Red Bull Air Race in the first Challenger Class season back in 2014, when he took his first race win in only his third outing.