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Yamaha and Edwards to continue partnership for 2007 - October 27th 2006

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    Yamaha Motor Co. Ltd is pleased to announce that Colin Edwards will continue with the Japanese factory for a third year in 2007, racing in the official Yamaha Factory Team. The 32-year-old American, who has previously won two World Superbike titles and has a best finish of fourth in the MotoGP World Championship with Yamaha, joined the Team in 2005 and has scored points in all but one of his 33 starts for them. Edwards has signed a one-year agreement, which will see him race on Yamaha's new 800cc bike alongside Valentino Rossi again next season.

    Managing Director of Yamaha Motor Racing Srl, Lin Jarvis, commented, "We are very happy to have retained Colin for another year. Although he hasn't had the easiest of seasons in 2006, he has given a strong showing in the last few races and has proven he can fight at the top of the MotoGP World Championship. He fits very well into the Yamaha 'family' and we're sure that he will play a key role in the development of the new 800cc Yamaha MotoGP bike alongside Valentino."

    Edwards, who began his international career with Yamaha in the World Superbike series in 1995 before returning to the Factory last year, said "I couldn't be happier to be staying with Yamaha for another year. It's no secret that this season we haven't achieved the results we should have had, but in the last few races I feel that things have started to turn around and we hope to finish on a high in Valencia. I couldn't ask for a better team-mate or team, I'm really happy at Yamaha and I can't wait to start working on the new bike!"

    "The good partnership between Colin and Valentino is one of the strongest assets of our team," added Davide Brivio, Team Director of Yamaha's Factory Team. "We think that, for various different reasons, Colin wasn't able to show his full potential this year and that's why we're very glad to have the chance to work again together next year. We are confident that we can offer him the right package to enable him to stay at the top throughout next season. Working with Colin is a real pleasure and we're very happy to continue with him for another year."