At a pre-race press conference in Austin, 40-year-old Colin Edwards (Yamaha) stated this will be his last year racing motorcycles professionally. Edwards has had mixed results in the MotoGP championship since 2003, with three pole positions and 12 podiums earlier on, followed by several years of mediocre performances.
This writer will remember Edwards more for his achievements in WSB. With two World titles, his epic battle for the championship in 2002 remains one of the greatest clutch performances in motorcycle racing history, in my opinion. That year, Edwards took the title after winning several races near the end of the year from a determined Troy Bayliss (the defending champ at the time), including the amazing final round at Imola.
Edwards also won the Suzuka 8 Hours three times with famous teammates, including Noriyuki Haga, Valentino Rossi and the late Daijiro Kato. Frankly, 2002 was a highlight for me as a fan of roadracing thanks to Edward’s efforts. Thanks for the memories, Colin, and best of luck in your retirement.