Veteran MotoGP rider and former World SuperBike champion, Colin Edwards, has announced that he will retire at the end of the current MotoGP season.
Edwards, nicknamed “Texas Tornado”, who turned 40 in February, joined the MotoGP competition in 2003 with Aprilia. He also spent one year at Honda, before joining his last team in MotoGP, NGM Forward Racing Yamaha.
Colin Edwards is a highly respected rider, he has secured 12 podiums in MotoGP and is also a double World Superbike Champion.
After 11 years in the premier class of motorcycle racing, the American pilot (originally from Huston), decided to retire from MotoGP, announcing his decision at the official press conference ahead of Sunday’s Grand Prix of the USA in Austin, Texas.
“In testing this year I could see that I need to change my riding style and it is against my instinct to ride differently so that has had an affect. I want to spend more time with my wife and my children and of course I want to say thanks to Yamaha and everyone who has helped me in my career”, said Edwards at the press conference.
Following the annoucement, Rossi said that he is very sad about Edwards decision: “I am very sad about the news of Colin’s retirement as he is one of my best friends in the paddock. He is a great guy and a great rider”
Rossi was not the only one to comment about Colin’s decision. Marc Marquez said that Colin started riding at the top when he was just two years old: “He started riding at the top when I was just two years old. I hope I can ride for as long as he has and I think he can be really proud of his career”