Where do we begin with the superstar Colin Edwards? From the country of the red, white and blue, Colin Edwards, better know as the “Texas Tornado,” is a World Superbike Champion and Yamaha MotoGP™ veteran. He and teammate Aleix Espargaro will be a hot item in the upcoming race at the Circuit of the Americas on April 13th.
Team: NGM Mobile Forward Racing
Date of Birth: February 27, 1974
Birth Place: Houston, Texas
Trivia: He was sponsored by Honda, Yamaha and Suter, before signing with Kawasaki in 2013.
Nickname: “Texas Tornado”
Machine: Suter-BMW CRT
Colin Edwards began his love affair with bikes at the age of four when he entered his first motocross race. In 1991, he moved to road racing where he became one of the most dominant and feared amateur riders ever to ride in the U.S He went undefeated in every amateur event he rode in and claimed numerous titles.
Edwards quickly turned professional in 1992, where he raced for South West Motorsports in the National 250cc series, winning five races and beating Kenny Roberts Jr. to the title. The next year rolled around, and he moved into the AMA National Superbike series and spent two years developing and learning on a Yamaha Superbike.
In 1994, Yamaha decided to move him into the international field, and in 1995, he received his first World Superbike Championship with the Yamaha Factory Team.
FUN FACT: the Yamaha Factory Team back then was based at the same Italian headquarters that the MotoGP team uses today.
In 1996, Edwards claimed his first podium position and in the same year, he teamed up with Noriyuki Haga for the Suzuka Eight-Hour where the pair made history by becoming the youngest duo to ever win the race! Two years later he joined Honda, pulling off a double win at Monza and finishing 5th overall in the Championship.
At the start of the millennium into that following year, Edwards hit a hot streak that hasn’t stop since. In the year 2000 alone, he won eight races and the World Superbike Championship title. In 2001, he claimed another World Superbike Championship title and 11 race wins before leaving the Superbike to join Aprilia's MotoGP outfit for 2003.
Now with the “big dogs,” where he currently still is, his rookie year saw him finish 13th overall. The next year he achieved his first two MotoGP podium positions and finished the championship in fifth place! We would have liked to have been at that celebration that’s for sure! The cherry on top of the sundae was when he signed on as Valentino Rossi’s factory teammate for 2005.
Edwards finished 2009 fifth overall before moving, yet again, to the satellite Tech3 team, where he stayed for two seasons. In 2012, he went to his current team, NGM Mobile Forward Racing team. Edwards has had a career filled with new teams, new machines and new tracks, which is why he is such a feared “Tornado.”
You never know when a tornado is going to hit, but you always know they can happen at anytime. Colin Edwards is a rider who moved all over the place in order to get where he is today, but one thing that is for certain, he will move any other rider out of the way in 2014!
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