That cadence carried through my session on the R1—which seemed to go perfectly, not a wheel out of line, every reference mark hit, on the gas early exiting corners. Sadly, it only seemed easy because we were going so slow: 2:05.941 is a couple seconds off the pace of the fastest bikes. Could it be down to the fact the Yamaha support crew chose the Standard map setting to save on tire wear? Last year in Oschersleben at the big liter-bike track test (CW, August, 2009), the R1 was faster that way. Oh, well, at MasterBike you only get one shot. And a year to think about the next one.