News & Multimedia

Colin Edwards Announces Retirement

Colin Edwards will retire from motorcycle racing at the end of the 2014 FIM MotoGP World Championship season. The 40-year-old Texan confirmed what many expected during Thursday’s pre-event press conference for this weekend’s Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas at Circuit of The Americas near Austin, Texas.

“My wife and I have been talking about it for about a month,” Edwards said. “My kids are getting into baseball and gymnastics—all this stuff with school—and I need to be home.”

After making his announcement, Edwards received enthusiastic applause, culminating in a standing ovation from fellow riders Valentino Rossi, Nicky Hayden, Marc Marquez, Bradley Smith, and Josh Herrin, as well as a large assembly of international media.

Edwards, who turned professional in 1992, has earned three pole positions and 12 podiums in MotoGP but no race wins. He currently rides for the NGM Mobile Forward Racing team on an Open-class Yamaha YZR-M1—essentially factory rider Jorge Lorenzo’s 2012 title-winning machine.

“This year, we started testing,” Edwards said, “and I didn’t see the improvement I wanted to see. I’ve tried to change my riding style to make this bike work. I was like, ‘Man, I don’t know if I can do this.’

“I’m really struggling with feel. From the swingarm pivot to the front axle, there’s no flex. The more I turn it, the straighter it goes. I like to dig in and feel everything work.”

Asked to recall the most memorable race of his career, Edwards immediately mentioned his 2002 victory over rival Troy Bayliss at Imola, Italy, which earned him a second Superbike World Championship. “Winning the Suzuka 8 Hours was pretty good, too.”

Edwards won the well-known endurance race held at the Honda-owned Suzuka Circuit in Japan three times—1996, 2001, and 2002. Rossi teamed with Edwards twice. “We shared the bike in the 8 Hours in 2000 and 2001,” Rossi said. “I think this is the best memory we have together.”

Rossi called Edwards “one of my best friends in the paddock. We were teammates for a long time in a great moment of my career. He’s a great guy, a great rider, and we will miss him.”

Current MotoGP World Champion Marquez drew a laugh when the Spaniard said he was just two years old in 1995, Edwards’ first year racing in Europe.

Hayden added, “When Colin started in AMA, he took it by storm. He’s given a lot to this sport, but he’s got a lot to look forward to. I hope we see another wave of young Americans come in and carry the flag.”

“As a rider, you’re the only one who knows when it’s time to call it quits,” 1993 500cc World Champion Kevin Schwantz said. “As a fellow Texan, he has given us a lot to be proud of. Congratulations on a great career.”

Edwards said he has no regrets. “I know it is the right decision for my family and myself. My whole life has been racing motorcycles. I’ve got a next stage of my career. I just have to figure out what that is. This is a new beginning.”

Story courtesy of CycleWorld.com

Show More Show Less
Now Viewing
Colin Edwards Announces Retirement
 
Colin Edwards Announces Retirement
Colin Edwards will retire from motorcycle racing at the end of the 2014 FIM MotoGP World Championship season. The 40-year-old Texan confirmed what many expected during Thursday’s pre-event press conference for this weekend’s Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas at Circuit of The Americas near Austin, Texas.
Read More
Related Media
Brad Keselowski
 
Monday Racing Roundup: Keselowski’s Clutch Win at Talladega Seals Eliminator Berth
Brad Keselowski pulled off the improbable win in his No. 2 Ford, overcoming an early incident to climb back into the perilous Talladega drafts and then surviving the final furious laps to win by .141 of a second over Matt Kenseth. The 2012 champion advanced to the “Eliminator” round, which begins this weekend at Martinsville.
Read More
Marc Marquez
 
Marquez Retains MotoGP Crown in Motegi
The 2014 MotoGP World title was clinched by Marc Marquez at the Motul Grand Prix of Japan as he finished in second place behind race winner Jorge Lorenzo, with Valentino Rossi also on the podium.
Read More
Marc Marquez
 
Monday Racing Roundup: Marquez Clinches MotoGP Title at Motegi
On Sunday, the Repsol Honda rider became the youngest two-time world champion in the premier class by finishing second to Jorge Lorenzo at the Motul Grand Prix of Japan at Honda-owned Twin Ring Motegi.
Read More
Borg-Warner Trophy
 
New IMS Website Debuts
Fans of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway will find a new online experience at the redesigned IMS.com.
Read More
Red Bull Indianapolis GP Date Set For Aug. 7-9, 2015
 
Red Bull Indianapolis GP Date Set For Aug. 7-9, 2015
The FIM MotoGP World Championship will return to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for an eighth consecutive year in 2015, as the Red Bull Indianapolis GP will take place Aug. 7-9.
Read More
Items 1 - 5 of 465
Reserve one of our hospitality suites for your next event!
To start planning your event at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway please fill out our Information Request Form or contact Phil Sparks at (317) 492-6463 or email at psparks@brickyard.com.
Latest Tweets
We talked brakes and tires with HOF Museum Historian Donald Davidson in the latest #AskDonald: http://t.co/SnJjPpsX2d http://t.co/ryi4Ay2SvT
about 7 hours ago