Kings of grip - 2009 Ducati 1198S v 2009 Yamaha R1

Yamaha's Rossi-engined R1 goes up against the traction control-equipped 1198 on the road and at Brands Hatch

R1 vs. 1198S ... click the pic to see the gallery

As any superbike racer will tell you, making enough power is no longer the problem - with too much of it at their disposal, the problem now is
harnessing it. To this end road bike technology has leapt ahead in 2009 to yield two of the most awesome new sportsbikes in years, the new
crossplane-cranked R1 and the Ducati 1198, complete with adjustable traction control.

Read the full test and expert analysis of the technology in the May issue of Two Wheels Only, out on the 27th of March.