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GP Week : Issue 161
GPWEEK: First off, what about this plan to change bikes? COLIN EDWARDS: I don’t know what the hell is going on. We’ve got issues. Problems that we had the first time we tested this bike, we still have the same issues. It’s not really up to me, it’s up to my team owner, and I’m with him 100 percent. What issues? Give us a list, one to ten. Let’s see ... if you name anything besides the brakes and the suspension, most everything else is wrong. The wheel rims I think are alright. Next question? How do you feel now about the CRT venture? I knew it was going to be hard work but I was also under the impression that we would have a lot of help: BMW and Suter, this big massive conglomerate of people and team, working and developing. They could build chassis in two weeks, and this kind of stuff. It was all a pipe-dream in the beginning and it hasn’t really worked out like that. How many new chassis have Suter given you so far? One only. We got one at the last test, and that’s it. What’s the biggest problem – engine or chassis? Our chassis is not the best; our engine is not the most rider friendly. I can’t really say one’s better, one’s worse. The engine ... it’d be great in a straight line race. Drag racing. But to go round corners, the electronics – mapping that out, trying to develop it practice by practice, and at the pace we’re going, we might have a decent bike by 2017. It’s not your first bad bike: the Aprilia of ‘03 was a handful too. Better than this one. The Aprilia had a kind of racing-car engine, by Cosworth. Is this similar? Very similar. I said that the first time I rode it. Torque-wise and engine character is very like what the Cosworth was. You mean not enough torque? No. A mountain of torque. Like a turbo-diesel car: makes a lot of power but doesn’t make a lot of ... waaaah! It has that mountain of torque, dips a little bit, then it makes a lot of noise. But people welcomed the 1000s because they had more torque. It’s harnessing it and trying to use it. I guess one problem is you are the only one with Bosch electronics, and they are still just starting out. Y’know they’ve got guys here all the time. They’re busting their ass trying to make it happen, but – no disrespect to them at all. Is it all about throttle connection, the usual story? First time I got on the bike ... no connection. First thing I said. You’re turning, and you’ve got to wait, then – boom, when it hits it hits too hard. I’m not talking about at rpm, I’m talking 5 MINUTES WITH COLIN EDWARDS Former Honda and factory Yamaha rider Colin Edwards took the plunge this year into CRT (privateer teams with production-based engines), to develop the lone Suter BMW. It’s going so badly that the team is considering switching to an all-new bike. Last again at Sachsenring practice in the rain, MICHAEL SCOTT found the colourful Texan in a mood full of irony. 5 MINUTES 18 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: