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Interview with Colin Edwards

I have a few different things for you, but the first one is something a Speedway official told me about. It seems to be a badge of honor with you guys, and it is this arm-pump situation. It seems you haven't been initiated as a motorcycle racer until you have had arm-pump surgery. Can you tell me about it?

Colin Edwards:
The arm-pump surgery, yes. On your forearm you kind of have a sheath, let's say that kind of encapsulates everything, and when your muscle expands, it pretty much cuts the blood circulation off and it gets pumped up and it gets too thick for the blood to flow. I blew mine out a long time ago; I mean, you can do it naturally by working too hard or lifting something or whatever it does. I went to the doctor to go have the surgery when I was climbing a lot, and I thought I was getting arm pump, which I was. But come to find out I didn't need it. I found out I was just working my arms too much, and I went to the doctor, and he said, 'You don't need it.' You have already blown it out. So the doctor said to stop climbing and you will be fine, which I was.

Q:
Everybody seems to have to get this at some point?

Colin Edwards:
Yeah, obviously the bigger the bikes, the heavier the bikes are and the harder you are going to work. It is a good thing, I have seen guys do it, and they have had the surgery and now they just don't have arm pump at all. So it works and it leaves nasty scars if you have the wrong doctor, but, you know, chicks kind of dig scars. It is what it is, I guess.

Q:
I know from talking to you over the years that this is a dangerous sport and you guys get beat up all the time, anyway.

Colin Edwards:
Yeah, exactly. You have scars all over your body when you are done here.

Q:
Regarding this track, I know someone has expressed some optimism after the Brickyard race that those GRAND-AM cars running on the road course that it might wear in some of that asphalt a little better. Do you have any thoughts about running here this year?

Colin Edwards:
Man, to be honest, I haven't really even thought about it. I think we were all pretty pleased with it last year. Yeah, even better if they are running it in and laying some rubber down. Even better. Sometimes we go to tracks where cars have been, and it is the wrong kind of rubber, and it just turns into ice when you put motorcycle rubber on it.

Q:
Everybody is pleased but Casey Stoner?

Colin Edwards:
Oh, yeah. You are going to take that up with him.

Q:
When we spoke earlier in the year at Sepang, you were a bit optimistic about the formula and you were a bit down on prototypes. Now it seems to have turned around some. Was there a point at which you sort of changed your thinking about the whole concept?

Colin Edwards:
Well, whenever you see the prototypes getting faster and faster, and they are just getting further and further away from us. When we first started this gig in Malaysia, we were three seconds off the pace or 2.8 - whatever that numbers was - our thinking was that number would come down, and our development schedule isn't nearly what the prototype guys are. And that gap has only gotten bigger. A lot of the stuff that we were conned into let's say, we were going to have a new chassis every other week and blah, blah, blah, and you know the rest of the story. It just really hasn't come to fruition. The gap is just getting bigger at the moment.

Q:
Where do you think the CRT bikes are suffering most? There is talk of a spec ECU coming in from (20)14 or (20)15. Is the electronics your biggest problem or is it the chassis?

Colin Edwards:
My biggest problem is from the starting line to the last corner and everything in between. Our biggest problem is that you put it all together. Engine, everybody has gone to this big-bang or V or a cross-plane crank, and it is more tractable power. It is just more common sense for racing. So we have strike one there. Chassis, I feel we are way rigid, the bike is too small. Strike two. Electronics, yes. The system we are on, my 2003 Aprilia had that on it and had better electronics than what I am on now. So strike three. It's everything. I can't sit here and point the finger at one thing, and say, 'Well, if we had that we would be 10 times better.' It's everything. Electronics, yes, they have a habit, if the electronics work, you can kind of get everything else to work, chassis, engine wear. If your electronics are wrong, you can't even get a feel for the chassis. And that is kind of where we are at.

Q:
Do you think there is talk of a spec ECU for both the prototype and the CRT bike. Do you think having that level playing field where everyone is just playing with maps instead of traction control, fuel strategies or whatever? Do you think that would make a big difference or will the prototypes just cream everyone?

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