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Interview with Colin Edwards

Well, let me explain something. I have heard this spec ECU and spec ECU coming up, but it is impossible. For me, it is impossible to have one spec ECU to run on a cross-plane, inline four-cylinder, a V4 or all these different configurations of engines. They have different power characteristics, anyway. So we always play with the butterflies and the electronics to smooth out that power. So how are you going to field one spec ECU for all these different engines? Somebody is going to have an advantage right off the bat. And then you are going to change your engine to accommodate the ECU. So I don't really buy it. A spec ECU with all of these different engines, I just don't see it working.

Q:
And yet the Ducati and the Yamaha, which are very different, both running Magneti Marelli, isn't that a spec ECU already?

Colin Edwards:
OK, the ECU itself and all that crap in the ECU, there are so many different parameters. That is where all your time is, adjusting this and adjusting that. With Honda's system and Suzuki's old system, they change over, great. Let's see what happens.

Q:
Are your engine and electronics built in house or are they currently outsourced?

Colin Edwards:
My engines come to my knowledge, we bought a package from Suter, and Suter bought a package from BMW. So BMW sends the engines from Suter and directly from factory to factory, let's say. They put it in, and we get the package. It is webbing it altogether, and we get the final product. As far as I know, we have nothing in house, in team house, let's say.

Q:
Do you have any idea if your engine spec is similar to let say, Melandri in World Superbike?

Colin Edwards:
I have talked to BMW, and we have got the same/same or maybe the crank. That might be a little bit different. But at the end of the day, they own the electronics that they have been developing for the last four years, so that seemed to work. Where we have been developing this Bosch system for a few months, and it still doesn't work.

Q:
As far as the chassis, have you spent much time changing your body position, say, more sitting in the bike, as opposed to sitting on it.

Colin Edwards:
The bike feels so small. It feels like you are sitting up on top of it. We have pulled the whole seat pad panel that was on the cushion; I just pulled it off. I will deal with my knees and legs later in life, but for now I need to get into the bike, and I am a little crunched up in the lower half, but it feels a lot better and I feel more in the bike.

Moderator:
Most of the people on the panel are well aware of your Texas Tornado Boot Camp down on the outskirts of Houston. Folks come in for a long weekend or a week and have a good time, ride, drink a few beers, sit around the campfire and tell stories. But you have some special guests this week. This is no ordinary session.

Colin Edwards:
This is no ordinary Boot Camp. Yes, we have a lucky 11 or 12 that have paid to come and enjoy and some training and teaching, but at the same time we have Jorge Lorenzo, and Ricky Cardus from Moto2, Bradley Smith from Moto2, Randy Krummenacher from Moto2, Tommy Aquino, Dustin Dominguez. I don't want to forget anybody. Yes, we have some big names here, and it is going to be fun. I can't wait; it will be an exciting weekend coming.

Moderator:
Now is this Jorge's first time to Texas?

Colin Edwards:
Yes, his first time in Texas. He got off the plane and said he felt like he landed in Malaysia. It's 100 degrees here and humid as hell. For those of you that want to see pictures this weekend, you can always follow me @TexasTornado5 or @Lorenzo99 on Twitter, and we will be updating quite often with some pictures.

Moderator:
What unique bits of Texas are you going to give Jorge at the camp this weekend?

Colin Edwards:
We have barbecue, and we will figure out some way to turn his gas off when he isn't looking and he can peter out during the Superpole lap or something like that. That is kind of the initiation around here. We will figure that out on the fly. I initiated him to Texas golf this morning. I said: 'Hey, get up. It's 6:30, and we are going to play golf,' and he said: 'That's too early. I don't normally go to sleep until then.' And then a couple hours in, he said, 'Let's just do nine. I can't do 18; it is just too hot."

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