Colin Edwards will bring his 22 year career to a close after announcing his retirement at the end of the 2014 season. The 40 year old will bring the curtain down at Valencia in November and broke the news in the pre-event press conference ahead of this weekend’s Grand Prix of the Americas.
Edwards has been a popular figure in the MotoGP paddock ever since making his debut in 2003 but also enjoyed a glittering career in World Superbikes, clinching two world titles including a memorable final race showdown with Troy Bayliss at Imola in 2002.
The Forward Racing rider was given a standing ovation by his fellow riders, including former teammate Valentino Rossi and reigning champion Marc Marquez, and believes the time is now right to bow out.
“It’s over a month that I’m thinking at this idea. I had a tough time this winter as I realized that these bikes of new generation need a different riding style. I tried to adapt my style and I’m still doing it, but it’s difficult after a life spent on a bike, riding in a certain way. I spoke with my wife and it is simply the moment to make a change in my life, to spend more time with the kids. I still don’t know what I’m going to do, racing has been all my life so far. Meanwhile I want to enjoy this season. I will continue to develop the bike and support Aleix, my team mate, with my experience. I’d like to thank everyone”.