Yamaha R1

Lap time 1:43.86

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It’s amaz­ing how quickly you get used to tech­nol­ogy — the mo­ment you jump from the Du­cati and BMW to the Yamaha you miss not hav­ing an au­to­blip­per and it feels clumsy us­ing the clutch on the down­shift. But the elec­tron­ics are im­pres­sive and will hold a slide and a hov­er­ing wheelie at full throt­tle.

The racy chas­sis and smooth en­gine char­ac­ter let you carry lots of cor­ner speed and lean. It’s the fastest around the long horse­shoe right, two thirds into the lap. The brakes don’t have the tac­tile bite of the top two ma­chines, but they do a good job of bring­ing 154.5mph of R1 down to an al­most stop for turn one.

Con­tin­ued over

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