Here the track is telling us about the Suzuki’s powerband. The lower the gear, the greater the rpm drop upon upshifting, so at Qatar the Suzuki’s engine was required to pull from lower revs where it lacks torque. But in exiting from the last turn onto the Barcelona straight, bikes are in a higher gear, so their engines are pulled down by fewer rpm from peak and are making more torque. It was this higher-power launch onto the straight, plus the Suzuki’s known high corner-speed capability, that added up to 214-plus mph. This adds some substance to my feeling that at Mugello it was not so much top power the Suzuki’s lacked, as it was acceleration—i.e., midrange.