Red Bull Air Race Report 2014

Muroya looks ahead after surprising setback in Malaysia

Fukushima’s Yoshihide Muroya captured his first Red Bull Air Race podium in Croatia in April, but at the subsequent event in Malaysia on May 18, the tough tropical conditions and an underperforming engine put a sudden halt to his momentum. With the next stop in Poland marking a halfway point in the season, the Japanese star is determined to get back on track – fast.


Yoshihide “Yoshi” Muroya was so motivated after taking his first-ever Red Bull Air Race podium in April that he and his crew decided to try to wring even more speed from his plane. Unfortunately for Japan’s leading pilot, there wasn’t enough time between races to get the new engine settings just right, and in Putrajaya on May 18 his momentum was abruptly halted as the pilot failed to make it out of the initial Top 12 round, finishing the day in tenth place.

Britain’s Nigel Lamb was another surprise, but a happy one, claiming his very first win after seven years of competing in the world’s fastest motorsport series. Austria’s Hannes Arch, the overall leader, finished second, with Australia’s Matt Hall claiming third. Yet another surprise on the sweltering day: Britain’s Paul Bonhomme, who came into the race tied with Arch in the points, finished off the podium in fifth.

“After having a breakthrough in Croatia I was feeling good here, and I was trying to get into the Final Four round again,” said Muroya, who while disappointed, did not seem discouraged. “Of course I’ll check my flying also, but we really need to check the engine. I was trying to find the best setting for this week, but we didn’t get it in time.”

Now Muroya and his team will have the benefit of a longer period to make those engine adjustments, as the high-speed, low-altitude action of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship next continues on July 26–27, 2014, in Gdynia, Poland.

Qualifying results determined the outcome Due to heavy winds.

There was high drama on a bright and sunny afternoon in America's gambling capital when heavy winds that gusted at speeds above 30 knots toppled several of the 25-meter high pylons.

Eleven of the 12 pilots made it through the wind-swept track at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, despite a high number of penalties and mistakes, and the powerful winds from the north wreaked havoc with two of the top three favorites.

After the race day, - Yoshi's comment

"Personally I was really happy with my flight in these conditions. I got a penalty because of the really hard turbulence but other than that I thought flying through the track was ok.

I think we really needed to finish the Top 12 before making a decision whether or not to proceed. I don't like the decision, but we have to focus on safety."