Death Smoke
by staff
Monday, February 24, 2014

Death smoke--much, much different than the smoke you get if you borrow Randy Mamola the keys to your FJR1300.
image by dean f adams
With a sharp metal on metal clank and a cloud of death smoke, Eugene Laverty's race two at Phillip Island was over. The laps prior were emotional and stirring, with the Irishman making a hard run through the pack to try and "do the double"—win race two as he had done in race one.

When the smoke cleared, the enormity of what had just happened settled. In the pre-Dorna WSBK days, Suzuki's engine failure would just be egg on the face of whoever built and dyno'd the engine, a small asterisk attached to his triumph in race one, and his championship standing at the end of the year.

In 2014, though, a big engine failure in the second race is, at the very least, cause for concern.

In 2014, Dorna WSBK's new rules allow each rider eight engines for the season. With the final "TBA" round still on the '14 calendar, there's twenty-six races remaining meaning Eugene Laverty now has seven engines to complete the season.


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