Colin Edwards to retire at end of 2014 - 600RR.net
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 04-11-2014, 08:46 AM Thread Starter
World Superbike Racer
 
Tater S's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Posts: 2,281
Thanks: 125
Thanked 403 Times in 311 Posts
Feedback Score: 2 reviews
Colin Edwards to retire at end of 2014

Oops, just saw the mention jdel made yesterday about it in another thread. But he's such an awesome dude it probably deserves it's own thread.


Colin Edwards to retire at end of 2014

THIS SUCKS! The dude will be remembered as one of the greatest characters in MotoGP history.
http://www.crash.net/motogp/news/201...d-of-2014.html




Colin Edwards will retire from racing at the end of the 2014 MotoGP season.

The 40-year-old made the announcement during the pre-event press conference ahead of his home round in Austin.

"I don't even know how to say it, I rehearsed it so many times - 2014 will be my last year racing motorcycles," Edwards declared. "I talked with my beautiful wife and I've been in Europe since 1995 - and these young bastards have been kicking my ass since then! I have way too many people to thank, especially Yamaha."

The popular, free speaking Texan received a round of applause from the media before being asked further about the decision.

"This year we started testing and didn't really see the improvement that I wanted to see and 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 moments you go back to your instincts and my instincts are to ride the bike differently. That and my kids, my wife. We had a few conversations and there are some things that I miss out on - baseball, gymnastics, school. I need to be home a lot more."

A double World Superbike champion, Edwards moved to MotoGP in 2003, initially with Aprilia, before claiming twelve podiums and three pole positions while riding for the Gresini Honda, Factory Yamaha and then Tech 3 Yamaha teams.

Edwards began a difficult new challenge in 2012 when he moved to Forward Racing and the new privateer CRT class, remaining with the team as it changed from Suter BMW to FTR Kawasaki and finally the more competitive Forward Yamaha machinery.

Team-mate Aleix Espargaro finished fourth in round one in Qatar, when Edwards claimed ninth place, confessing that his front-end riding style doesn't suit the M1-powered machine.

Edwards, who came within one corner of a MotoGP victory at Assen in 2006, said that his 2002 Imola WSBK title showdown with Troy Bayliss was the standout race in his career. "That was probably one of my best races ever, if I had to say one moment in motorcycling. The Suzuka 8 Hour victories were pretty good too."

"I'm very, very sad about the news because Colin is one of my best friends in the paddock," said former team-mate Valentino Rossi.

The 35-year-old Italian later confirmed he expects to race on in 2015, when he would take over from Edwards as the oldest rider on the grid.

"I said that I want to see if I am more competitive this year [before signing a new contract]. In the tests and in the first race I'm not so bad and I want to continue, yes," stated the nine time world champion.

Renowned for his technical skills, Edwards may also still be riding a MotoGP bike in 2015, should he accept some kind of test rider role.

__________________________________________________ ____________________________________
Thank you for purchasing a 600rr as your first bike.
The odds are strong that you will successfully add to our classified section and help lower parts prices


Crash Stats: Length of ownership
https://www.600rr.net/vb/showthread.php?t=313730

Last edited by Tater S; 04-11-2014 at 08:53 AM.
Tater S is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 04-11-2014, 09:07 AM
Back in the Day
 
Moeman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: Central Florida
Posts: 51,143
Images: 665
Thanks: 2,026
Thanked 2,544 Times in 2,156 Posts
Feedback Score: 148 reviews
The most friendly rider out there always walking around with the biggest smile on his face



If it doesn't challange you it won't change you
Only two ways to live life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.
Moeman is offline  
post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 04-11-2014, 09:31 AM
AMA Supersport Racer
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Long Island, NY
Posts: 1,377
Thanks: 131
Thanked 61 Times in 49 Posts
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
I'm a huge fan and I think he's awesome but it's about time that he retired. Sucks seeing him battling around the back of the pack for 12th place.
RedisFaster is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the 600RR.net forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome