When it comes down to the nitty-gritty, lap times are the important factor here, and the Honda had a comfortable margin with a best lap nearly a second quicker than the Ducati's: 1:07.81 for the CBR versus 1:08.72 for the 1098. Interestingly, the times are off compared with our recent literbike comparison test, and while conditions were not as ideal, some of the difference may be attributed to the traction control and the fact that the Ducati is a piece of moto-exotica. "The track was definitely slick in the greater part of the morning, and I didn't want to wad the 1098R," wrote Kunitsugu after some time to collect his thoughts. "However, I do wish we could have spent more time fiddling with both bikes; I think part of the lost time was due to the traction control hindering drives off the corners. When I turned the TC down on both bikes, their performance jump was great enough that it took a few laps to get accustomed to it, and that took time." Indeed, Kento turned his fastest lap on the Honda just after dialing the TC down a notch, dropping almost a half-second in two laps. Likewise, the Ducati's fastest lap was posted just three laps into a session after its DTC was backed off.