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Colin Edwards - Indy Q&A: Part 2.

The following is part two 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 former team-mate Valentino Rossi and Honda's Dani Pedrosa.

The teleconference concludes with a question on whether Edwards, a double World Superbike champion, would consider returning to WSBK...


Q:
Is it a myth that if you follow Valentino Rossi around on one of his hot laps, you can actually get a good time or pretty close to what he does? Obviously, we've had Capirossi doing the same thing on the Suzuki and getting a decent time, but have you ever found that if you can follow closely in his tracks, you could pick up pretty quickly from him?

Colin Edwards:
Well, you know, you can say Valentino all day long, but I think if anybody is in front of you, at the end of the day, they're in front of you if they're a second in front of you or a half-second in front of you. And you get a little bit of, let's say, red mist or whatever it might be, and you put your head down and you use them as a benchmark. If it be Valentino or if it be Stoner or whoever it is, you're using them as a benchmark and you're just trying to catch them all. And you can do a good lap, you know. A lot of people can do a lot better lap when they're following somebody.

Q:
That's fantastic. Having been one of his team-mates, as well, you seem to be the only one that I have ever seen, how can I say, got on very well with Valentino to the point this year with Jorge Lorenzo, he doesn't seem to talk very much. With other team-mates in the past he wasn't really overly friendly, but with you he always seemed to be happy and jovial and congratulating each other. Is he really as friendly with other people as what he appears to be on television?

Colin Edwards:
Yes. He is awesome, man. To be honest, Valentino is - I think why we get along so good is because we're very much the same as far as our personal life. We like to have fun, go out. He hangs out with his family, I hang out with my family, have a few beers, a few laughs, and that's what we do. We're not eat, sleep, breathe motorcycles 24 hours a day. We do actually have a life, and I think that's probably why we get along so well.

Q:
Hey, Colin, thanks for spending some time with us this morning. I was just curious, why do you think it is that Supercross fill stadiums with 60,000 people? Why is it that it seems like Supercross is more popular in this country than road racing?

Colin Edwards:
Man, I could give you a very honest answer, but it's not a real good answer. I mean, I think - OK, part of it is, like I said, whenever we grow up at a young age, if we get a motorcycle, the first bike we get is probably a dirt bike. So I think anybody that's ridden motorcycles in their lives, they probably started on a dirt bike at some friend's house or out at the (inaudible) or wherever it might be. But at the end of the day, you know, Americans, we enjoy this go sit in one place where we can drink our beer and get our hot dog and see all the action. That is how we were brought up, this is what is entertaining to us. Whereas, you know, Moto Grand Prix, unless you walk 3, 4 miles a day, you're not going to see much, and that's – you know, they've got beer stands all over the track. But at the end of the day you've got to do some walking to see all the action.

Q:
Of course, with Indy, that might be a little different, won't it?

Colin Edwards:
Yeah, Indy will definitely be different. You've got obviously all the stands; it's more like a stadium-type race. You sit in the main grandstands, and you can see just about everything. Nowadays with the big-screen TVs, it makes it easy. You know, you sit there and see what you can what's in front of you and then you check out the TV if you can't see it.

Q:
Then you go for a beer.

Colin Edwards:
Uh-huh, exactly.

Q:
Do you still do any dirt riding?

Colin Edwards:



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