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Colin Edwards - Indy Q&A: Part 2.

Yeah, you know, I mean, Tiger Woods, he hasn't got anything on Valentino. I mean, as far as worldwide popularity, it's just insane. I mean, it's not normal. I know he makes a lot of money, but I'm quite different as far as -- you know, I like to have my privacy, I love living in Texas. I come out here and shoot my guns and drink some beer and nobody, it's not on the front page of the newspaper the next day. And I didn't mean to say shoot guns and drink beer in the same sentence there, obviously at separate times.

But I don't know, I wouldn't want it. I just wouldn't want it. I couldn't deal with it. I couldn't deal with the lifestyle, the cloak and dagger being hidden and snuck in the back entrance and people finding out and mobbing him and pulling on him and yanking on him. Man, he deals with it. I don't know how he deals with it; it's because he's Valentino. But it's hard work. It's hard work, that's for sure.

Q:
I had a question about the track. You say it's a new track for everyone. Obviously, Ben Spies was at the test in July. Do you think that's going to help him at all?

Colin Edwards:
Well, sure. You know, I think Ben has obviously been to - where did he come to, Donington, a track that he's never seen. Pretty ballsy anyway to show up and - I mean, all of us know the track like the back of our hand; he performed well. To go to Indy, a place he's already been to, actually kind of knows the track, yeah, he will definitely have a little advantage. How long that advantage will last, I don't know. But the first day I would look for him to be, yeah, up toward the top of the sheets.

Q:
And yeah, OK. A couple of questions about the track. Does it look like it will be an interesting track to ride, a fun track to ride?

Colin Edwards:
Yeah, I think so. You know, I have always enjoyed, you know, a lot of elevation and off cambers and positive cambers and that's always, let's say, is a rider preference. I've always enjoyed those kind of tracks. Indy, on the other hand, is just more flat, but at the same time it's a racetrack that everybody has got to run on. I think it's going to be great. Go in positive, man, you have to.

Q:
Yeah. How do you think the 250s - that's a big, long straight there and you have the 250s and 125s going down there. It's going to be a long time for them to be, you know, flat out. Do you expect to see a lot of the little bikes going bang?

Colin Edwards:
Jetting, one word, jetting. You need to get it right. You know, I don't really know that much about the atmosphere, the weather up in Indy or whatever. I think all of that stuff is vital and important when you're dealing with two-strokes, but all the guys on the grand prix circuit, they're pretty smart. I think you might have one or two go bang, but they'll figure it out pretty quick.

Q:
Do you think it's going to be a better atmosphere having the 125s and 250s there instead of having the Superbikes like you do at Laguna?

Colin Edwards:
Absolutely. I don't mean to say anything negative in saying that, but it's just more - it's a grand prix. You know, whenever you show up and you've got just the MotoGP guys and the Superbikes, it's a different feel. It feels like back in World Superbike days. You show up and you run, and you've got all these other support classes that are just local classes. But to have the 125s and 250, yes, absolutely. It's a full Grand Prix. Everybody is turning up and we're going to run it.

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