Can Muroya Make Amends In Chiba?
Yoshihide Muroya stormed into the 2019 season like a man on a mission. He wants the world title back, and after two races it looked as though no other pilot could catch him.
After Kazan Muroya had collected 53 out of a possible 56 points, thanks to one Qualifying win and two race wins. He was nine points ahead at the top of the standings, with Sonka in second, and Hall 17 points behind in third.
However, in the testing conditions at the Lake Balaton race, Muroya found himself down in ninth in Qualifying, which saw him up against Hall in the Round of 14. Hall, meanwhile, had topped the FP3 timesheet and was looking strong. The Aussie loves a battle and was in fighting form on Race Day.
Hall set the second fastest time in the Round of 14, and Muroya’s tactics in the head-to-head heat appeared to be completely wrong. His lines, pace and tactics saw him bail out of the race in 12th, only collecting two World Championship points at the third stop.
His poor race day performance saw him drop to third in the standings and 10 points off the top – quite a significant deficit with only one race remaining. But all is not lost – the current circumstances could very much play into Muroya’s hands.
Out of the four previous races in Chiba, Muroya has won two; he seems to thrive under the pressure of racing at home. This pedigree of racing on home turf has given Muroya the boost he needs. He will race his own race, but is confident that the 2019 Red Bull Air Race World Championship is his. “We didn’t get the result in Balaton. We’ll be prepared for the next race. I will be standing on top of the podium in Chiba and will be the World Champion,” he claimed.
You can see if Muroya will be crowned champion for the second time in his career on 7-8 September in Chiba. Tickets are still available for the 2019 finale – get yours HERE.