It did have loads more top-end than the Yamaha and Hondas (two factories that had gone another (wrong) direction), but having an 800 that is faster than other 800's does not make it faster or more powerful or more competive than the previous 990.
07 Yamaha R6
07 KTM 950 Super Enduro
04 KTM 250exc- plated two-stroke
01 Kawasaki KE100
74 Honda MR50