Results were mixed, but in three races over the course of the weekend I finished 5th, 4th, and 3rd. I was proud to podium, but to me it pales in comparison to the point of this whole race project. I went faster around Chuckwalla Valley Raceway than I’ve ever gone before in the counter-clockwise pattern (and in less than ideal conditions), a 1:51.9, all without changing the suspension at all or adding any more horsepower than the bike makes on the dealer floor. Not only that, the R1 is incredibly easy to ride. It never wheelies violently, the slides are predictable, and it changes direction with very little effort. It is extremely impressive.