During the MotoGP pre-event press conference at Circuit of the Americas, NGM Mobile Forward Racing’s Colin Edwards announced that 2014 will be his final year in professional motorcycle racing.
“2014 will be my last year racing motorcycles,” said Edwards, “I’ve been in Europe since 1995 and these young bastards have been kicking my ass since then. I have way to many people to thank, first Bob Star at Yamaha, Yamaha as a whole you guys have helped me out a lot, my beautiful wife, my kids, I’m looking forward to some more time together.”
Edwards was then asked when he came to the decision to retire.
“I guess really this year when we started in the testing I didn’t see the improvement I wanted to see. Obviously the changing of the riding style, hell I’m 40 years old and trying to change my riding style to make this bike work wasn’t really working. As soon as you get into the intense moment you go back to your instincts and my instincts are to ride the bike different. That and my kids and my wife, we’ve had a few conversations. I need to be home a little more.”
The Texas Tornado has been racing motorcycles since the early ‘90s, taking first in AMA 250 in 1992. He moved to AMA Superbike the following year and in 1995 debuted on the international stage in World Superbike. He competed with Yamaha from ’95-’97 and then moved to Honda in ’98. Edwards scored his first WorldSBK Championship in 2000, followed by a second-place finish in 2001 and another title in 2002. His long career continued in 2003 with a move to MotoGP where he earned a career-high fourth-place overall result in 2005.
Here are some quotes from fellow riders and others after the Texas Tornado made his announcement:
“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.”
“Colin 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.”
“I always look at Colin and admire the energy he has with so many miles and so many years behind him. It’s a shame to be losing a fellow American from the sport. I hope he takes it easy for the rest of the year and takes it easy on the rest of us!”
NGM Mobile Forward Race Team Owner Giovanni Cuzari:
"It was the year 2009... Everybody was talking about the CRT class and we, “Forward” in the spirit we took this opportunity. It was a new formula, a sort of “start up” and we needed an experienced rider to give credibility, knowledge, passion and support to this project. We needed Colin, the 2 times world champion in Superbike with all and many more of the qualities and skills we needed. I spoke with Colin and he understood the spirit of the project and the true passion that was behind it and accepted the challenge. In these 3 seasons we shared incredible emotions: the first pole position in CRT, the first win in CRT and so on, till nowadays. I want to thank Colin. If we are what we are now it is also thanks to him. Thanks a lot Mr Texas Tornado and now… gas!!”