American Colin Edwards joins the Gauloises Yamaha Team for the 2005 MotoGP World Championship, which will be his third full season in the premier class, having raced for Aprilia in 2003 and Honda in 2004.
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 dirt track career, before making the switch to road racing at the age of 16 and enjoying 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 sixth in the championship in his first year and fifth 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 World Superbike Team. The team was run by MotoGP Team Director Davide Brivio and based at the same Italian headquarters that the MotoGP team uses today, making Edwards' 2005 return to Yamaha a real 'homecoming.'
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 fifth 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 MotoGP 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.
Colin joins MotoGP World Champion Rossi - with whom he won the 2001 Suzuka Eight-Hour race - in the Gauloises Yamaha Team for the 2005 season. Married to Alyssia, he has one daughter, Gracie Kayte and they live in Conroe, Texas. Colin enjoys golf, snowboarding and Motocross in his spare time.
Date of birth: 27.02.1974
Place of birth: Houston, USA
Residence: Texas, USA
Height: 179 cm
Weight: 66 kg
Marital status: Married with one child
Hobbies: Snowboarding, golf, motocross
Team: Gauloises Yamaha Team
Grand Prix contested in total: 32
First Grand Prix: 2003
First race: 1990
Victories in total: 0
First victory: NA
First podium: 2004
Pole positions: 0
First pole: NA
World championship wins in total: 0
2005: Gauloises Yamaha Team, MotoGP World Championship
2004: 5th, MotoGP World Championship
2003: 13th, MotoGP World Championship
2002: SUPERBIKE WORLD CHAMPION
2001: 2nd, Superbike World Championship
2000: SUPERBIKE WORLD CHAMPION
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