On showroom settings the Ducati has the edge
We nipped the bikes to Brands Hatch Indy for an MSV trackday. I was expecting Yamaha’s trackfocused R6 to shine on the track and show the Ducati a clean pair of heels, but it was the Ducati that had the edge. The 959 was easier to ride, had more torque/ power and could carry more corner speed, which resulted in a faster lap time. The R6 was hampered by comparatively poor Dunlop Sportmax D214s and that hard suspension, especially the rear, which lacked feel. The limit was vague on the Yamaha, meaning I didn’t have the confidence to carry corner speed or keep the revs buzzing. On track the Yamaha needs to be above 9000rpm everywhere. With track rubber and the correct set-up the R6 would have been able to make up its performance deficit, but on showroom settings it was an easy win for the Ducati. The only drawback was the ugly exhaust that limits right foot movement on right-handers (almost every corner at Brands Indy).
Better tyres and some set-up time would fix the R6