Air Race Rivals Fly over Chiba Before Season Finale

The top three pilots in the 2019 Red Bull Air Race World Championship flew their raceplanes over Japan’s Tokyo Bay on Thursday, just 24 hours before Free Practice starts for the sport’s first-ever season finale in Asia.

Martin Šonka, Matt Hall and Japan’s home favorite Yoshihide Muroya are currently first, second and third in the overall standings, and one of them will almost certainly be crowned World Champion on the podium in Chiba. The metropolis has hosted Red Bull Air Race action across four previous seasons and is renowned for its Air Racing superfans, as well as for being the country’s birthplace of civil aviation. Home-grown hero and former World Champion Muroya pulled off stunning race victories in Chiba in 2016 and 2017. If he can capture a third home triumph on 7-8 September, he may earn his second title as well.

Yoshihide Muroya of Japan seen prior to the last stage of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship in Japan

The Red Bull Air Race World Championship is an aerial motorsport series that demands a combination of speed, precision and skill. Using the fastest, most agile, high performance raceplanes, pilots compete in iconic locations over water and land. The high speed, low altitude and extreme maneuverability required make it accessible only to the world’s most exceptional pilots.

The Red Bull Air Race will not continue past this final stop, so don’t miss Qualifying on Saturday, 7 September, and Race Day on Sunday, 8 September 2019. For more information, please visit