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Colin Edwards - 2006 Rider Profile

2006 Rider Profiles
Colin Edwards

2006 is Colin Edwards' second season with Yamaha's Factory Team and he will once again race alongside World Champion Valentino Rossi. In 2005, his third year in the MotoGP class, he finished fourth in the Championship with the Yamaha YZR-M1. He achieved three podium finishes and was the only rider to take championship points at all 17 races, helping Yamaha to take the Manufacturers' and Teams' titles. The season-highlight for the popular Texan was a second-place in front of his home fans at Laguna Seca, when the World Championship returned to American soil for the first time in ten years.

Colin was born in Houston, Texas on February 27th, 1974. He rode his first bike at the age of three, entered his first race a year later and was quickly winning Motocross trophies. His Australian-born father, Colin Edwards Sr, also raced motorcycles and played a big role in Colin's early career. Colin was a top US amateur through his early Motocross career, before making the switch to road racing at the age of 16 and continuing a successful amateur career. Turning pro just before the 1992 season, he raced for South West Motorsports in the National 250cc series, winning five races and beating Kenny Roberts Jr. to the title.

In 1993, aged 19, Colin moved into the AMA National Superbike series and spent two years developing his talents on a Yamaha Superbike, finishing 6th in the championship in his first year and 5th in 1994. Yamaha then moved him into the international field, and in 1995 he contested his first World Superbike Championship with the newly formed Yamaha Factory Team. Davide Brivio, now the Yamaha Factory Racing Team Director, was the World Superbike Team Director then, and the team was based at the same Italian headquarters that the MotoGP team uses today. After spending 1995 learning the new tracks, he achieved his first podium position in 1996. In the same year he teamed up with Noriyuki Haga for the Suzuka Eight-Hour, the pair becoming the youngest duo to win the race in its history. He missed most of 1997 sidelined through injury, then joined Honda in 1998, pulling off a double win at Monza and finishing 5th overall in the Championship.

In 1999 he finished second, but 2000 saw him victorious; he won eight races and the World Superbike Championship title. He lost his crown in 2001, but recaptured it the following year, taking 11 race wins before leaving the World Superbike Championship on a high note to join Aprilia's MotoGP outfit for 2003. His rookie year in the World Championship saw him finish 13th overall, but he fared better in 2004, riding a Honda alongside Sete Gibernau. Achieving two podium positions, he finished the Championship in fifth place before making the move back to Yamaha for the 2005 season alongside Valentino Rossi and finishing fourth.

Colin and his wife Alyssia live in Conroe, Texas, where Colin was born. They have a three-year-old daughter, Gracie Kayte as well as newly-arrived son Hayes, who was born in December 2005. Colin enjoys golf, snowboarding and Motocross in his spare time.

Profile* Career highlights;

  • Date of birth: 27.02.1974
  • Place of birth: Houston, USA
  • Nationality: American
  • Residence: Texas, USA
  • Height: 179 cm
  • Weight: 66 kg
  • Marital status: Married with one child
  • Hobbies: Snowboarding, golf, motocross
  • Team: Camel Yamaha Team
  • Bike: YZR-M1
  • Grand Prix contested in total: 45
  • First Grand Prix: 2003
  • First race: 1990
  • Victories in total: 0
  • First victory: NA
  • Podiums: 5
  • First podium: 2004
  • Pole positions: 0
  • First pole: NA
  • World championship wins in total: 0
  • * correct as of 25.01.2006

  • 2006: Camel Yamaha Team, MotoGP World Championship
  • 2005: 4th, MotoGP World Championship
  • 2004: 5th, MotoGP World Championship
  • 2003: 13th, MotoGP World Championship
  • 2001: 2nd, Superbike World Championship
  • 1999: 2nd, Superbike World Championship
  • 1998: 5th, Superbike World Championship
  • 1997: 12th, Superbike World Championship
  • 1996: 5th, Superbike World Championship
  • 1995: 11th, Superbike World Championship
  • 1994: 6th, AMA Superbike Championship
  • 1993: 6th, AMA Superbike Championship
  • 1992: National 250cc Champion
  • 1991: Amateur racing in 600cc, 750cc and 250cc classes