Japan's Ryōyū Kobayashi has won both legs of the Four Hills Tournament so far this season ©Getty Images

Japan's Ryōyū Kobayashi continued his stellar form at ski jumping's Four Hills Tournament by topping qualification at the Bergisel Ski Jump in Innsbruck.

Kobayashi won the first two legs in Germany at Oberstdorf and Garmisch-Partenkirchen and was the top performer on its first day in Austria.

His victory on Saturday (January 1) at Garmisch-Partenkirchen helped him take over the yellow bib from Germany's Karl Geiger on the International Ski Federation's Ski Jumping World Cup circuit.

The 2019 Four Hills champion jumped 126.5 metres in qualifying at the large hill venue in Innsbruck, collecting 132.7 points.

Home favourite Jan Hörl was second as a 129.0m jump earned him 131.3, while Switzerland's Killian Peier came third with a 127.5m jump and 127.8 points.

Austria's Jan Hörl placed second in qualification in Innsbruck ©Getty Images
Austria's Jan Hörl placed second in qualification in Innsbruck ©Getty Images

Geiger - second in the overall World Cup standings - placed 10th with 116.6 from a 119.5m jump.

Third-placed Halvor Egner Granerud of Norway, who clinched silver at the Four Hills event in Oberstdorf, qualified in 22nd place with 109.6 from a 116.0m jump.

Marius Lindvik of Norway, second in the Four Hills standings, finished 14th, and third-placed Lovro Kos of Slovenia was fifth.

The Four Hills is a mini-tournament contested alongside the World Cup, with Innsbruck the penultimate leg.

The Innsbruck World Cup is scheduled for tomorrow.