New to motogp.com?Register here

Tickets purchase
VideoPass purchase

Edwards looks forward to Yamaha return

Edwards looks forward to Yamaha return

Edwards looks forward to Yamaha return

Colin Edwards revealed his excitement at the prospect of rejoining Yamaha next season after the official announcement at Phillip Island last Saturday that he will be team-mate to Valentino Rossi in 2005. The American rider started his professional career with the Japanese factory but revealed that their relationship stretched much further back.

"I was with them in '86, on a factory motocross 80cc and we continued the relationship to '97," joked Edwards. "I had eleven years with them. They're a bunch of good people, I know how they work and I'm looking forward to it, definitely."

The Edwards-Rossi partnership has already wielded silverware in the past, with two Suzuka 8 Hour successes together for Honda in 2000 and 2001, and the ‘Texan Tornado' admitted the Italian's influence at Yamaha had been one of the decisive factors in the switch.

"I think everybody might had an hand in it, somewhere," he said. "Obviously Valentino was probably instrumental in it. He had said numerous times for me to come over and we had talked just a little bit about it.

"I think that Yamaha's goal at the same time was to have a good harmony, have a good couple of guys that get along really good. We had done the 8 hours together a couple of years ago, we live a kilometre away from each other in Italy... it will be fun, a really good team."

Edwards' decision to swap the Honda RC211V for the Yamaha M1 has come as a surprise in some parts but the former World Superbike Champion expects his decision to be vindicated sooner rather than later.

"Every year going into a Championship, reaching for the top and you see where you stand after the first three races," concluded Edwards. "It will be good. I've known for a little bit that I was going, but I'm more excited now that everybody knows about it."

Tags:
MotoGP, 2004, CINZANO AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX, Colin Edwards

Other updates you may be interested in ›