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Colin Edwards - Q&A

That was the reason we moved to FTR Kawasaki. Obviously there were other packages we could have negotiated for at the time too, but we were looking into the future. With the future being that Yamaha will have an engine available, good M1 engines that we can lease. We were looking at what we could do for a long term investment.
You talk about the future, so you're signed to Forward racing for next year?

Colin Edwards:
Right now, no. I had a two year deal, this year and last year and I've yet to negotiate anything for the future. We know what we'd like, we just have to get it negotiated. I'm certainly 100% mentally involved with the project for next year though. I'm not just sitting around waiting for something to happen, I'm pursuing the project for next year, that's for sure.
So we can expect you on the grid involved in that project next season?

Colin Edwards:
Yeah, I would say so.
What's the thinking behind using the Kawasaki engine?

Colin Edwards:
We're kind of using it to develop the chassis, at the same time though, we're using it seriously and trying to wring every last ounce of power out of it.

The problem at the moment though is that we're struggling with the gearbox. At the end of the day, it's still a street gearbox. Any time you take a big old V8 Mustang and get 800 horsepower out of it, the first thing's going to happen is that you'll f*ck up the gearbox, and that's kinda the boat we're in.

We have to change some parameters on the electronic shift to make it smooth which means that we're losing time - we've also got a little bit of a lag in there. We have to do it for safety reasons though to make sure we're not shattering gearboxes.
What kind of spec do you think the Yamaha motor will be?

Colin Edwards:
You got me, from what I heard it's going to be the first spec they start with next year is what they'll sell. As far as any upgrades go, they'd either have to be paid for or wouldn't be available. Whatever happens though that package will be faster and better than what we have right now.
And it would be a full pneumatic valve engine, rather than the spring valves which Honda plan to use in their customer bike…

Colin Edwards:
Don't let the spring valve aspect of the Honda scare you though, that thing's gonna be fast as hell. I've heard some numbers and lap times and compared to the prototypes, there's not much difference. They're pretty much on par.

Spring valves against pneumatic valves are sure a limitation rev wise, but if you sort the power out and put it where you want it you can ride valve springs.
So you think the customer Honda will be competitive?

Colin Edwards:
Oh I know it's going to be competitive. As far as winning the world championship, probably not, but as far as being able to compete day in day out for a top 6 or 8 position, absolutely.

Honda aren't going to start any race program which isn't serious, you know that.
How does your current bike compare with the ARTs?

Colin Edwards:
We struggle, we struggle off the corner. That smooth power delivery they have is just very friendly and they've got their electronics sorted out from having ridden them last year. I did a test on one in Brno and it's really good.

You just have to look at Espargaro and de Puniet, they're always one and two.
Do you think that MotoGP is in a good place then?

Colin Edwards:
Oh man, that's what we're telling everybody anyway (laughs)

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June 22, 2013 1:44 PM
Last Edited 323 days ago

The best interviews are from Colin. The guy has so much knowledge and absolutely no ego. He has no qualms accepting that he is a development rider. He says it like it is but at the same time does not hurt or offend anyone. Hope he gets a nice package under him next year and the CRT are a bit more competitive. Very interesting to hear how Suter-BMW treated that project.

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