Speed In Corners

MOTORLAND fJ 11

Total Length: 3 1 Mee Width 40-50 IM

Length Start'Fmnh Straight - „ mile Maximum Rite: b *% Maximum Fall 72%

Maximum Elevât>oo Chanfle (TT to Tl«|: l«4 feet Dealgner: Hermann TiIKe ex-GP rider Jeremy McWilliams came pasl 011 the other RC8R he was there to set up for KTM. 1 tucked in for a tow on five warm-up laps nowhere near as exciting as my CBR ride but probably quite a bit faster.

For timed laps, the RC8R was such a piece of confidence-inspiring engineering that I could have ridden it all day and not gotten tired. Finely set up WP suspension combined with linear power delivery to never upset the chassis anywhere on the track. This bike steers quickly enough to finish sharp corners without ever feeling like you're going to run wide, yet remains stable while running wide-open in fifth gear. Great grip and linear torque produce the kind of predictable, smooth acceleration that builds confidence, while the Brembo brakes are an outstanding insurance policy when it comes to late, hard braking; like Motel 6, they leave the light on for you.

Riding the RC8R, I could just think about the track and trying to get the most out of the Spanish real-estate. In hindsight, I think I got in the way of the Twin's torque in a couple of comers: I leaned over too far at the apex and didn't use the entire track exiting a couple of important fast

NEWSFLASH!!

This just in: Motorland Aragon will host the 14th GP of 2010 on September 19, replacing the Hungarian round.

•MASTERBIKE GPS TIMES PROVIDED BY MASTERBIKe MAGAZINE Of ITALY RIDER FRANCO ZENATELLO (2ND FASTEST OF THE FAST SIX)

Acceleration Braking

Ducati 85.1

Suzuki 82.0

KTM 82.0

MV 81.4

Yamaha 78.9

Aprilia 77.7

Honda 77.1

BMW 76.4

Kawasaki 76.4

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