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Panigale V4s: 131.98mph YZF-R1M: 124.86mph On the sur­face, it looks like the R1M’s speed at the start/fin­ish line is dis­ap­point­ing, but the fact is the Du­cati is ram­pant. For ref­er­ence, the fastest speed we have pre­vi­ously mea­sured at this point was from the 1299 Panigale S, which reg­is­tered 126.55mph. The V4 has bet­ter power de­liv­ery, bet­ter elec­tron­ics, and more power. The re­sult is clear. No sur­prise, per­haps, that Johnny ex­claimed, “This just feels like cheat­ing”.


Panigale V4s: 16.57s YZF-R1M: 16.34s The Du­cati clocks the ex­act same time down Craner Curves as last year’s R1M, which is good go­ing, as R1s have al­ways shone here. We’ve only ever dat­a­logged two bikes at sub-16.3 sec­onds down Craner: the 2018 Yamaha R1 and the men­tal 2018 Kawasaki ZX-10RR. It’s a tough time bar­rier to break. No sooner has the Panigale matched the 2017 R1M’s time, than the 2018 R1M chips a cou­ple of tenths off its own time.


Panigale V4s: 88.94mph YZF-R1M: 90.08mph The R1M be­comes the fastest and first bike we’ve mea­sured north of 90mph at Coppice, and the Panigale is the sec­ond fastest bike we’ve recorded here. It can’t be a co­in­ci­dence that both bikes run the same semi-ac­tive Ön­lins sus­pen­sion. The ap­proach is up­hill and on the brakes, so the forks go from fully com­pressed into a pos­i­tive gra­di­ent, to un­loaded and at max­i­mum lean over bumps in one move­ment. There’s a lot go­ing on.


Panigale V4s: 59.42 mph YZF-R1M: 58.02 mph Both bikes are ex­actly where we would ex­pect to see them, nudg­ing 60mph at the first apex of the Esses, and are com­pa­ra­ble to every other litre bike we’ve tested at Don­ing­ton, so noth­ing ex­tra­or­di­nary to re­port here. How­ever, on the ap­proach to the Esses, the Panigale reg­is­ters the high­est top speed we’ve ever recorded here, at 153.69mph (but not be­fore the anti-wheelie kicks in for 0.5s at 149.53mph). The R1M’s top speed was a thor­oughly re­spectable 147.89mph.

BRAK­ING (100mph-40mph)

Panigale V4s: 3.03s/93.14m YZF-R1M: 3.32s/100.39m We’ve dat­a­logged 23 other bikes since the BMW S1000RR set the stan­dard in brak­ing by be­ing the only bike we’ve mea­sured to take less than 100 me­tres to cover this sec­tor – it took just 97 me­tres to get down to 40mph from 100mph. The Panigale lops four me­tres off the BMW’s record, which is huge. For ref­er­ence, a Fire­blade SP takes 108 me­tres, and an R6 takes 105 me­tres. The R1M’s 100.39m is not only im­pres­sive, but is also iden­ti­cal to the 2017 R1M’s per­for­mance.

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