The following is part one of a extensive teleconference with Tech 3 Yamaha's Colin Edwards, in which he looks ahead to next weekend's inaugural Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix, whilst also answering questions on Dani Pedrosa's shock tyre switch.
In part two, Edwards talks further about the much-anticipated Indianapolis event whilst also answering questions on former team-mate Valentino Rossi. The teleconference concludes with a question on whether Edwards, a double World Superbike champion, would consider returning to WSBK.
Welcome, everyone, to this Red Bull Indianapolis GP teleconference with our guest, American MotoGP star Colin Edwards. First, a little background about the race itself and Colin. The Red Bull Indianapolis GP is September 12th through 14th at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. It's the first time we've had a motorcycle race at the Speedway in -
A long time.
Try 99 years. The very first motorcycle race at IMS was August 14th, 1909; it was the only bike race at IMS. That also was the first motorised race ever at the Speedway. So we're definitely going back to the future with this race.
It's been a while, you're saying.
There will be four classes racing at the Speedway during the event: MotoGP, 250cc and 125cc. Those are all world championship categories. We also have the Red Bull Riders Cup and the Red Bull AMA Rookies Cup, which are some of the top teen-age riders in the world...
...One other thing I would like to talk about real quickly is the Red Bull Indianapolis GP review on Thursday at IMS, very similar to the pit walkabouts that we had during the Formula One race at Indy in which Sunday ticket holders can walk the pits Thursday afternoon.
We have a variety of events during the day, including interviews with riders and officials on stage and a concert to close the day by Colin's team-mate, James Toseland, with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. Yep, he is a MotoGP rider, but he's also a concert-trained pianist.
Now a little bit of background about our guest, Colin Edwards. Colin rides for the Tech 3 Yamaha Team. He is 34 years old. He's a native of Houston and lives in nearby Conroe, Texas. This is his sixth season in MotoGP. He is the top American in the season standings this year in MotoGP; he's seventh in the points. He is a two-time World Superbike Champion before he moved - then he moved up to MotoGP in 2003.
Colin, thanks for joining us today, really appreciate it.
You got it, man. My pleasure.
Talk about your anticipation in racing in Indianapolis. You went there for the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard as a guest, just checking out the Speedway; it was your first time there. Now we're basically a week-and-a-half away. Talk about your anticipation of racing in a MotoGP event, probably closer to your home than ever before. I think Indy is closer than Laguna.