Come timing day, nothing much had changed. Yeah, the Suzuki was fast, and soft rear suspension kept the GSX-R super-stable on the straights, but I still couldn't get it to turn. Three turns of rear-spring preload would have helped the Suzuki turn like a world-class sportbike rather than like a VW bus; as it was, I did my best to square up corners to get the thing turned and off the deck. Reading rear grip was also made tough by the squishy suspension—which further caused the front to push in the important fourth-gear left-hand Turn 11. The necessary full-clutch-pull downshifts made concentration-consuming corner entries laborious, and made me more passenger than Master of this vessel. Properly set up suspension is a big reason bikes win races and MasterBike. This unsorted Suzuki suffered under me and my lap time reflected it: 2:04.509. Then again, Motociclismo Spain's Óscar Peña set his second-best time (2:04.488) on the Suzuki, saying he felt very comfortable on the GSX-R and that its power was easy to use. Could it be because he races a SuperStock Suzuki 1000? Certainly can't hurt, but Óscar also has a much more "Euro" style of riding than I do, meaning he tends to carry a more arcing, flowing line than my get-it-in, get-it-turned and drive-it-out method.