Veteran MotoGP rider to call it quits in the premier class at the end of this year
Following 11 years in the premier class of motorcycle racing Colin Edwards has decided to call time on his MotoGP career with the Texan native announcing his decision at the official press conference ahead of Sunday’s Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas in Austin, Texas.
I want to spend more time with my wife and my children.
“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,” Edwards said to the assembled media as fellow riders, Marc Marquez, former teammate Valentino Rossi, compatriots Nicky Hayden and Josh Herrin and Bradley Smith all looked on.
Following the announcement, the assembled riders spoke with fondness of the veteran rider with Rossi first to comment on Edwards’ decision saying, “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. Marquez was also quick to comment and may have inadvertently reinforced the retirement decision when he revealed, “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.”