If your common sense tells you that an "R" version—with race-spec traction control—of the already-remarkable Ducati 1098 would be an extraordinary racetrack ride, congratulations: Your senses need no calibration. And when that track is an incredibly good one like the Circuit Jerez in Southern Spain—home of the second round of MotoGP—you have the makings of an epic new-model introduction.Ducati's $39,995 1098R uses the same Ducati Traction Control (DTC) electronic trickery as Casey Stoner's MotoGP ride to subdue the slides. Compared to the stock 1098, it also gets an extra 100cc and lightened engine internals. The result? An extra helping of broad big-Twin power and torque, as you might expect. With race kit fitted, you can strum the throttle cable and hear the Termignonis sing a 186-hp (and 102 ft.-lbs. of torque) tune. Adding to this concert of control and power is the STM slipper clutch and the communicativeness of the Öhlins TTX shock and fork, synced together in perfect harmony. The programmable race ECU provides a base beat, firing the cylinders perfectly.