Colin Edwards II (born
February 27, 1974 in Houston, Texas) nicknamed the Texas Tornado is an
American professional motorcycle
He is a two time World Superbike champion
and has competed in MotoGP
since 2003, now
riding for the Yamaha Tech
team. Edwards has recently signed an extension to his
contract to continue with the team for the 2010 season.
At the age of three, his Australian father, Colin Edwards Sr. (an
amateur motorcycle racer himself), introduced him to a minibike,
and Edwards entered his first motocross race at the age of four.
Over the next ten years, Edwards became one of the top-ranked
junior motocross competitors in the USA, winning dozens of races in
the 50cc to 80cc categories in local, regional and national
In 1988 at the age of 14, Edwards stopped competing in motocross
races, having become distracted by the normal demands of being a
teenager. However in 1990, Edwards and his father attended a
motorcycle road race
event in north
Texas, and this inspired him to attempt road
In 1991 Edwards began competing in amateur road-racing events
locally, but rapidly progressed to national events. He was
undefeated in every amateur event he entered that year, and won
numerous national amateur titles. His performance was sufficiently
impressive for him to be offered a sponsored ride with South West
Motorsports, and Edwards turned professional just before the
commencement of the 1992 season.
In his first professional season (1992), Edwards entered the
Series. He won five of the nine races and the national title over
second-place earner Kenny Roberts,
. In 1993 and 1994 Edwards rode for Vance and Hines on a
Yamaha in the AMA Superbike
Championship, earning 6th and 5th place overall in those
Superbike World Championship
In , Edwards was offered a factory position with Yamaha in the
. His results in were disappointing as Edwards
struggled to adjust to the demands of competing in a global
competition, and he missed the last two meetings after team-mate
Yasutomo Nagai perished in a crash at
In he achieved a greatly improved sixth
overall in the Superbike World championship.
was a disappointing year for Edwards as he was forced to withdraw from competing due to injuries sustained in the fifth round of the Superbike World Championship. He was replaced in the Yamaha World Superbike Team and was unable to negotiate a position in the 500cc Grand Prix competition. Fortunately Edwards was able to conclude a deal with Honda to ride the RC45 motorcycle in the Superbike World Championship. Edwards finished fifth overall that year, and earned his first solo international victories with a double win at Monza followed by his 3rd win of the season at Brands Hatch.
Edwards managed several more victories for Honda (including leading
teammate Aaron Slight home twice at
Hatch, giving Honda a rare Double-1-2) and ended the
season in second overall position, behind champion Carl Fogarty.
In , Edwards rode the new
Honda VTR-1000 SP1/RC51
motorcycle to overall victory in the Superbike World Championship
rider and points leader,
was disqualified for
testing positive for a banned substance. Edwards came second to
Ducati rider, Troy Bayliss in but reclaimed the title from
Bayliss in in a dramatic fashion, clinching the championship in the
final race of the season in Imola
MotoGP World Championship
After winning his 2nd Superbike World
Edwards moved to MotoGP
rode for the greatly troubled Aprilia team
on the RS3 Cube, and his only
notable accomplishment in that otherwise dismal year was avoiding
serious injury when his machine caught fire at Sachsenring.
Yet Edwards, known in all motorcycle
paddocks as a great bike tester, tried to no avail to help lift the
2004 saw Edwards
riding for Telefonica Movistar Honda, and he achieved his first MotoGP podium
position at Donington.
Edwards finished the season in fifth
Edwards moved to Gauloises Yamaha
factory team as the teammate to the world
champion Valentino Rossi
result for 2005 was a second position at Laguna
Seca, behind compatriot Nicky
He finished the season fourth overall.
Colin Edwards continued riding for the Camel Yamaha
team onboard the YZR-M1 with teammate and good friend Valentino Rossi
in the MotoGP
championship. The factory Yamaha team had a
troubling start to their racing year with "chatter" problems and
tire wear issues.
The factory team built a new chassis
2006 spec YZR-M1 to combat the aforementioned problems.
to the new chassis quickly and rode to victory at his home race of
Mugello for the
fifth consecutive time since 2001.
Edwards didn't have the
time to "gel" with the new chassis early in the season, which
resulted in him sticking with the older version for the Mugello
race. He finished 12th.
Assen he took the lead at the start, and led until
Nicky Hayden passed him on the
He caught back up to his countryman on the
last lap, and managed to pass him a few corners from the end. When
Hayden attempted to pass him again in the final chicane, Edwards
ran across the AstroTurf and lost control of his bike, which
briefly continued on without him. He remounted to finish 13th.
Hayden, who ran across the gravel on the final chicane himself,
managed to keep control of his bike and won the race. At his home
race, the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix
finished ninth suffering tire problems in the scorching heat like
his teammate Valentino Rossi
Estoril he qualified second and finished fourth in one of
his most competitive showings of the season.
brought great prospects early on. Colin entered his second of a two year
deal with Yamaha factory team, now known as Fiat Yamaha riding the new Yamaha YZR-M1 800cc.
starting second on the grid in Istanbul, a first lap crash caused by Olivier Jacque took him out.
Colin took pole position,
but made a slow start and gambled on switching to wet tyres in damp
conditions. He did this too early, and by the time it was wet
enough his tyres had shredded, forcing him to pit again and finish
at the back of the field.
Fiat Yamaha was having problems with the M1 and the Michelin tires,
Edwards along with teammate Valentino Rossi both struggled to find
competitive set up nearly the entire season to run up front.
Edwards best result of the season was 2nd (equaling his career best
in MotoGP) at the wet British Grand Prix at Donington Park.
For the 2008
, Colin Edwards continued in MotoGP, this time for the
satellite Tech 3 Yamaha team alongside fellow Superbike World Champion
. A series of solid
performances left him 5th in the overall standings after nine
rounds, never qualifying lower than 6th on the grid and finishing
on the podium twice. After qualifying 6th for round 9 at Assen, he was
delayed by Rossi's early crash and was in next to last place at the
end of the first lap (in front of only Rossi, who was able to
rejoin the race), however he then fought back to snatch 3rd from
Nicky Hayden at the final corner after
Hayden ran out of fuel, gaining a measure of revenge for the 2006
race at the track.
Colin Edwards results started to suffer
after a crash in Germany. In the next four races Edwards failed to
break the top ten and his best result since the podium at Assen was
a sixth place at the final round of the season at Valencia.
Edwards confirmed that he had signed for Tech 3 for yet another
season. "It is no secret that I had agreed with Yamaha to finish my
MotoGP career at the end of 2008 and continue my racing career with
them in America, but as soon as I began working with the Tech 3
team I instantly formed a great relationship with my
guys."Therefore, Edwards will once again be riding for Tech 3
Yamaha in 2009 as he searches for his first MotoGP victory.
Edwards once again demonstrated consistent form in the 2009 MotoGP
, establishing himself as the strongest satellite rider
in the championship. He secured a second place finish in the
Prix at Donington
After being caught in a crash at the San
Marino Grand Prix
, Edwards directed typically outspoken
criticism towards Alex de Angelis
claiming: "We are in Italy and occasionally you have to deal with
an Italian rider who wants to be a hero and today that was De
Angelis. De Angelis is the guy who needed to be wearing Valentino’s
donkey helmet." (in reference to a special edition helmet being
worn by Valentino Rossi
On October 1 2009 Edwards announced that he had signed a one-year
contract extension that would see him ride for Tech 3 Yamaha in the
2010 Grand Prix
motorcycle racing season
. His teammate will be fellow American
Suzuka 8 Hours
In 1996, Edwards teamed with Noriyuki
to claim victory in the Suzuka 8
endurance race riding a Yamaha
first international victory. Edwards won the 8 Hours two more
times: in 2001 with Valentino Rossi
and in 2002 with the late Daijiro Kato
both times with Honda
Other racing activities
Edwards has twice represented the United States in the Michelin
Race of Champions Nation's Cup
first in 2000 and again in 2002 when the US team won the event. The
competition involves a national team that includes an automobile
racer, a rally/off-road driver and a motorcycle racer. The 2002 US
team included former off-road racer and NASCAR rookie Jimmie Johnson
as the rally driver, and
four-time NASCAR champion Jeff Gordon
the automobile category.
He is married to Alyssia. They have a four-year-old daughter,
Gracie Kayte, and a son, Hayes, who was born in December, 2005.
family lives in Conroe,
Colin enjoys golf, snowboarding, and
Motocross in his spare time. His height is officially recorded as
179 cm, and his weight as 66 kg.
Races by year
() (Races in bold
indicate pole position)