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Totally was not expecting Laverty and the Suzuki to pull that off in the first race of the year. Probably the most satisfying win in his career after he was dumped by Aprilia. Brilliant race. Ready for Race 2!
 

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Unfortunately, Race 2 was not kind to Laverty.
The new rules only allow 8 engines for the whole season, and he just blew one.

So that leaves only 7 engines for the remainder of the race season.
And with potentially 26 more races on 7 engines left, that around 3-3/4 races per engine.

What I see is the new engine rules may have just removed Laverty from contention.
He'll have to nurse the remaining engines through practice, superpole, etc.
I expect a dropping of the revs and such to make the engine live longer.

Superbike spec engines usually turn around 15K RPM, so dropping them down to 13K should increase their life, at the expense of being in the top 5, or the front as Laverty was in race 1.
 

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Sub - I spoze the 8 limit was generally agreed on by the race teams, so they already figured they could get 3.25 races out of each motor. I wonder if much will really change for Lav ... unless he blows another 1 or 2 in the too-near future. The, "What the hell, let's pin it and win as many races as we can ... and then walk home after the 8th one blows."
 

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Yeah, I don't see what Suzuki has to lose with just going for wins regardless of the engine rule. I would rather be winning races than coming in 8th or 9th or even lower. Who knows what caused the first one to go boom. Taking the penalty would be dependent on a lot of different circumstances. If he is one of the fastest on the grid as we saw in race 1 he can make his way through the field. At least there is not points deduction.


From FIM:

A team who needs to use more than the allocated number of engines during the Championship, will receive a penalty. The penalty for the team's rider using an additional engine will be to start from the last grid position for the race when the additional engine is used and for the following race (two races in the same racing season).
 
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