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Edwards with Monster Yamaha Tech 3 for '11

Sunday, September 19, 2010
The Monster Yamaha Tech3 Team is delighted to announce that Colin Edwards has signed a new one-year contract to ride for the French-based squad in the 2011 MotoGP world championship.

Next year's Monster Yamaha Tech3 line-up will feature a blend of vast experience and young potential with Edwards partnering highly-rated British rider Cal Crutchlow.
Tech 3 Yamahas Colin Edwards finished inside the top-10 at Silverstone where he took ninth just behind Hondas Dani Pedrosa.
Colin Edwards is currently 11th in the 2010 MotoGP Championship and so far his best result has been seventh-place earned at at Laguna Seca, Brno and Misano.

The 36-year-old has raced for Herve Poncharal's Tech3 squad since 2008 and during that period the popular American has produced his best form in the MotoGP class. He finished top non-factory rider last season by finishing fifth in the overall stangings and is currently 11th in the 2010 rankings with a best result of seventh position in Laguna Seca, Brno and Misano.

Edwards, who made his 100th appearance for Yamaha in today's inaugural Motorland Aragon race, has been a key figure in establishing the Monster Yamaha Tech3 Team as the leading non-factory squad in MotoGP in the 800cc four-stroke era.

And his wealth of experience will be an invaluable asset in helping new Monster Yamaha Tech3 Team rider Crutchlow adapt to MotoGP next season.

Colin Edwards:
“I am delighted to have signed a new one-year contract with the Monster Yamaha Tech3 Team. I want to say a big thanks to Yamaha and to Tech3 for their unwavering support. I am honoured to continue my long and successful relationship with Yamaha, Herve Poncharal and all at Tech3. I love the team and feel like part of a big family and I'm thrilled that our adventure together is continuing next year. I'm excited at the challenge of competing in the MotoGP world championship again and still being competitive in probably the strongest field in history is an achievement I'm proud of. I am also looking forward to working with and helping out Cal Crutchlow next season. I'd like to think I helped James Toseland and Ben Spies adapt when they arrived in MotoGP, and I will be doing my utmost to do the same for Cal if he needs any advice. I think all of us can look forward to an exciting 2011 together.”

Herve Poncharal – Team Manager:
“I am thrilled to have reached a new agreement with Colin for the 2011 MotoGP world championship. His appetite and passion for racing is stronger than ever and he has been an incredible asset for the Monster Yamaha Tech3 Team. He is a great character but he has consistently proven that he remains one of the fastest riders in the world and I am glad that the Tech3 story with Colin will go on for one more year. I believe with Colin's experience and boundless enthusiasm and Cal's hunger and desire to succeed in MotoGP that the Monster Yamaha Tech3 Team can already look forward to 2011 with tremendous optimism.”
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GhostRider -Edwards-WHY?  September 20, 2010 05:07 AM
Everybody knows how much of a baby Edwards has been this season plus all the trash he's said about MotoGP/M1/Moving-on but to re-sign him after all that... what is Yamaha thinking? Is Edwards the best of the rest? Yamaha should have moved him back to WSB like Toseland to give him his wish of battling for wins there with their machines instead of Ducati. The dog-Edwards has his tail between his legs and I hope they reduced his pay for his behavior as a lesson learned! The Tornado is no more and we all know it!
Motofreak -Im suprised  September 19, 2010 06:32 PM
I like Colin Edwards, but I am shocked they resigned him after he talked such garbage about the underperforming Tech 3 bike and being sick of competeing for 7th place. This all before Ducati pulled the rug out from underneith him. Kinda like John Hopkins, he has overstayed his welcome in MotoGP.