When BSB racer Taylor Mackenzie jumped on his WD40 backed Kawasaki ZX-10R at Snetterton yesterday, he had no idea that he’d bag 50k hits on YouTube within 24 hours. He also had no idea what it felt like to ride a bike that was on fire. All that would change by the end of race two. We gave him a call and asked him a couple of burning questions, you can read his answers and watch the poor quality video while we get our coat for writing so many crappy puns about fire.
SB: How fast were you going and in what gear were you in when you realised you were on fire?
TM: I was in third gear, doing about 90mph
SB: What were your first thoughts?
TM: My first thought was ‘Fuck!’ Then I thought about getting off or trying to ride it out
SB: When did you know you’d have to bail out?
TM: When my leg went hotter than I’ve ever felt before in my entire life. I just jumped as quickly as I could. At first my brain wouldn’t let me let go of the bars, my leg made an executive decision about 0.1 seconds later when my boot started melting around my foot.
SB: What was wrong with the bike?
TM: I’m still not sure, clearly something had broken and fuel got onto the top of the red-hot engine.
SB: What hurts today?
TM: I managed to avoid burning myself, but I gave my shoulder a whack when I hit the ground.
SB: Is it true you kissed a Belgian truck driver on the penis for money?
TM: Just a rumour, but I’ll do most things for a fiver…
Words: Johnatsuperbike Images: Team shots and open source