Last year’s overall winner, Yoshi Muroya, who was on home court in Chiba, is in third place so far with 19 points tied with Czech pilot Martin Sonka who finished third in Chiba. Muroya’s team was hoping for a third home win in front of 70,000 fans at Makuhari Beach. After qualifying in third, a risky last minute decision was made to change the tail configuration for Muroya’s race airplane. But the Round of 14 proved too much for Muroya as he was teamed up with Hall and pushed a bit too hard. He exceeded the G-limit and was disqualified.