AGAINST THE RI­VALS

Performance Bikes (UK) - - RACE LEGEND -

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

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