Du­cati 1299 Panigale S

Lap time 1:42.17

Motorcycle News (UK) - - New Bikes -

No ma­chine here comes as close to be­ing a race bike with lights as the Panigale. In last year’s test at the flow­ing Jerez cir­cuit the Yamaha beat the Du­cati, but here at the tighter Al­car­ras cir­cuit the 1299 Panigale is a whole se­cond quicker.

Some of the Du­cati’s ad­van­tage is down to how per­fectly its gear­ing suits the track. The long-geared Yamaha and Kawasaki are al­ways be­tween first and se­cond around the tighter sec­tions of the Span­ish track. But a lot of the Panigale’s pounce is down to its un­ri­valled brak­ing power and sta­bil­ity, rock­solid poise into turns and huge ap­petite for cor­ner speed.

There’s loads of ground clear­ance, which the BMW and Yamaha strug­gle with on race tyres and the Du­cati’s au­to­blip­per gives you the brain space to con­cen­trate on other aspects of your rid­ing. Be­ing so roomy, with wide bars and low pegs, it’s easy to climb all over the Du­cati in the cor­ners.

Be­ing the most pow­er­ful bike here helps, and its 4mph faster at the end of the start/fin­ish straight, which is like some­one jog­ging past you while you're walk­ing.

The 1299 Panigale S is much quicker through the down­hill wa­ter­fall sec­tion and the run up to the fi­nal cor­ner.

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