The Honda’s strength is horsepower and acceleration, as it always has been. he goal of HRC’s engineers has been to build a bike which stops and starts well: stable on the brakes, to allow riders to wait as long as possible before applying the anchors, along with strong acceleration to get out of corners quickly, and a good top end to motor past their rivals. For Yamaha, the focus has been on maneuverability and handling, as it always has. The goal is to make a bike that is as easy as possible to manage under all conditions. The Yamaha makes good power – top speed is only down a fraction on the Honda and Ducati – but horsepower is a secondary consideration.