Ktm Rc8r

2:11.71

Ducati 1198S Corse

2:12.05

Suzuki GSX-R1000

2:12.51

Kawasaki ZX-10R

2:12.59

Yamaha YZF-R1

2:12.60

Average 2:11.72

almost like a list of these bikes' power-to-weight ratios. Óscar Peña, another Fast Six guy, said the BMW had the worst

Aragon on the BMW than on the next-fastest Aprilia, quite a gap considering all nine bikes finished within a 3.4-second window. Technically speaking, these guys were "giving it the whip in top cog." When you're a fast guy, the question is less, How fast can I go? than it is, How fast will the bike go?

Freddy Papunen, the fastest of all, says in his notes that the BMW has the best power and electronics, and the worst brakes of the bunch, but he set the fastest time of the test on it anyway, a 1:59.927. Then he went about 1.5 seconds slower on the Ducati, followed closely by the Kawasaki (harrumph, Freddy is sponsored by Kawasaki this year), the KTM, the Suzuki, the MV Agusta, the Honda and finally the Aprilia in eighth place—even though Papunen's notes say the RSV4 Factory has the best engine and chassis and was the most fun to ride (he didn't like its rear suspension). Except for the red-herring Aprilia, in fact, Papunen's lap time rankings read

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