AGAINST THE RIVALS
SITTING AT THE TOP of the leaderboard with the fastest lap time, highest start/finish line speed, top speed, and a new record in braking performance, it may seem the Panigale has no rivals. But it costs £8k more than a Kawasaki ZX-10RR and is just 0.18s faster. The defunct V-twin 1299 Panigale S was just 0.36s slower.
It’s worth noting the Yamaha bests the ZX-10RR from the start line to the Esses, where the Kawasaki’s superior Brembos claw it back into the Esses/Melbourne Loop/ Goddards, to finished a wheel in front. De-link the Yamaha’s brakes and its lap time would be faster than the Kawasaki: maybe even the Ducati.
The Panigale and R1M now bring the total of bikes in the 1:36s bracket on our leaderboard to seven.
In isolation, the R1M is sheer brilliance
It’s going to take something not yet even designed to knock the V4 off the top of the leaderboard