AUSTIN, Texas — In his home state of Texas to compete in this weekend’s Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas at Circuit of The Americas, MotoGP racer Colin Edwards announced his retirement from racing.
Edwards, who has been riding professionally for 22 years, will call it quits at the end of the MotoGP season. Riding for NGM Forward Racing this season Edwards has raced in MotoGP since 2003, collecting 12 podium finishes along the way.
“In testing this year I could see that I need to change my riding style and it is against my instinct to ride differently so that has had an affect,” Edwards explained. “I want to spend more time with my wife and my children and of course I want to say thanks to Yamaha and everyone who has helped me in my career.”
Fellow American Nicky Hayden was on hand for the announcement.
“I always look at Colin and admire the energy he has with so many miles and so many years behind him,” Hayden said. “It’s a shame to be losing a fellow American from the sport. I hope he takes it easy for the rest of the year and takes it easy on the rest of us.”
Known as the “Texas Tornado,” Edwards turned 40 years old in February. After starting his career in AMA Pro Road Racing, Edwards went to Europe in 1995 to compete in the World Superbike Championship. He earned the World Superbike title in 2000 and 2002 and went MotoGP racing in 2003.