A LAP OF DONINGTON
2.487 MILES OF THROTTLE-STOP ACTION
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.
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.