USA’s Michael Goulian takes the top spot in Qualifying for the second race in a row, this time in Chiba, Japan.
“Team Consistency” is the nickname that’s been floating around the Race Airport when speaking of the #99 team, and it’s been proven again today that Goulian’s successful start of the season was no coincidence.
In preparing for Qualifying, Goulian remained calm and cool under the heat: “I honestly don’t feel any pressure being in the front because we have to go out and fly the same race whether you’re 14thor first, it doesn’t matter. You have to try to go out there and do the best that you can.”
And he did just that: After a penalty on his first run through the track, Goulian snapped back into his groove and put down a solid time of 55.524s. Fellow American pilot Kirby Chambliss placed second, trailing Goulian by 0.634s.
“This is anybody’s racetrack, it’s so technical…it’s going to be one heck of a race tomorrow.” said Goulian moments after landing the #99 Edge 540.
Goulian faces off against the new Master Class pilot Ben Murphy tomorrow in the Round of 14. Don’t miss out on the Race Day action starting at 14:00 local time. Catch it all HERE.
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- Goulian (USA) – 55.424
- Chambliss (USA) – 56.058
- Muroya (JPN) – 56.403
- Dolderer (GER) – 56.425
- McLeod (CAN) – 56.699
- Velarde (ESP) – 56.840
- Brageot (FRA) – 56.926
- Kopfstein (CZE) – 56.980
- Sonka (CZE) – 57.005
- Bolton (CHI) – 57.176
- Ivanoff (FRA) – 57.348
- Hall (AUS) – 57.459
- Le Vot (FRA) – 58.972
- Murphy (GBR) – 59.716
Photos courtesy Red Bull Content Pool.