By Christian Tiburtius
The biggest name to sign up for the new CRT MotoGP category in 2012, Colin Edwards has switched from a Suter-BMW to FTR-Kawasaki for his eleventh successive grand prix season in 2013.
The double World Superbike champion and twelve time MotoGP podium finisher recently spoke to Crash.net
about his career - past, present and future.
In the interview, Edwards makes clear his desire to be on an M1-powered FTR in 2013, discusses the potential of Honda's Production RCV, weighs up the pros and cons of electronics and more...
After all these years, what still motivates you to take part in such an extreme and competitive sport?
I really don't know, that's something to ask my heart. I've ridden motorcycles all my life, I love them. That's why I built the Texas Tornado boot camp so that I could ride them and also train other folks to do it. The engine, speed, the racing smells, the bike, it's all of the above.
Also this project is about developing a bike and continuing to learn about motorcycles. I've always been good at that and I've always enjoyed finding that next tenth here and a couple of tenths there. I've always enjoyed development and making a package better.
So you like the development aspect and are happy being seen as a development rider?
Always, I've always enjoyed that. Even in my Superbike days at the factory Honda team, I could use those skills to build new stuff and play around with things and once you get to grand prix, the sky's the limit. You can change anything or do whatever you want so I became even more keen on that.
When you get into lengths, wheel rates, head angles and comparative trail, the numbers have an infinite number of possibilities. It's fascinating finding what works for you or a different rider
I'm always trying to chase that perfect lap. That doesn't mean there's no aggression involved though, when it comes to fighting for the flag, that's another aspect of it too. That's when you gotta unleash the beast.
Some people say that you look a bit like Kevin Schwantz on the bike, did you base your style on his?
Obviously he's a hero of mine when I was growing up, but I never tried to base my style on his. If there was one person I tried to base my style on, it would be back in the Motocross days and that was David Bailey. He was just the smoothest guy on the planet. It didn't matter how rough the track was, he was smooth as butter. With me it's the same, my fastest laps always look slow, they look like I'm getting a gallon of milk from the local store
What would you say have been the lows and highs of your career?