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Edwards to stay with Tech 3 Yamaha in 2009

Edwards to stay with Tech 3 Yamaha in 2009

On the eve of his home race at Laguna Seca, Colin Edwards has announced that he will remain in MotoGP next season with the Tech 3 Yamaha team.

Speaking at the official Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix pre-event press conference on Thursday at Laguna Seca Tech 3 Yamaha rider Colin Edwards confirmed that he will continue with the team in MotoGP in 2009.

The experience Texan rider has agreed a new one-year contract for next year after enjoying the best spell of his premier class career with Herve Poncharal´s satellite Yamaha squad.

The 34-year-old has already scored two podium finishes, four top five finishes and one pole position in 2008. He has also been on the front row four times and currently sits in the top five in the general standings.

Next year will be Edwards´ fifth season with Yamaha in MotoGP. During his time in Grand Prix to date he has been one of the most consistent performers in the championship, scoring points in all but ten of his 94 MotoGP races.

A delighted Edwards stated, `It is no secret that I had agreed with Yamaha to finish my MotoGP career at the end of 2008 and continue my racing career with them in America. But as soon as I began working with the Tech 3 team I instantly formed a great relationship with my guys. A big part of me wanting to stay is down to them, particularly Herve Poncharal and my crew chief Gary Reynders, but it has been a real team effort.´

`I´d like to say a big personal thanks to Masao Furusawa, Lin Jarvis and Bob Starr. Across Japan, Europe and America, their support has been essential in securing this new deal,´ continued Edwards. `I believe I still have a lot to offer MotoGP, and I can assure the staff and management at Tech 3 and Yamaha that I will be giving it my all to produce the results all of us deserve, starting this weekend at Laguna Seca.´

Edwards´ renowned testing skills proved invaluable during the 2008 pre-season, as he played a key role in the development of the latest generation YZR-M1 machine, which has already won four of the opening ten MotoGP races this season.

Tech 3 boss Poncharal commented, `It was very important for us because the team has been working so well. Colin did an incredible job during the winter to develop the Yamaha bike and the Michelin tyres and not only that, he has been brilliant with the team. We have the feeling that he has been here forever, although it is really only half a season.´

`We are having the best season I can remember, Colin and James (Toseland) are both doing excellent jobs, Colin fits really well in the team, he loves working with Gary (Reynders) and with the whole team.´

The French team manager added, `I think his original plan was to retire at the end of ´08, but even after his first few tests with us he said he would like to stay in MotoGP a bit more if he could do that with Tech 3 and Yamaha, so I am really pleased that half way through the year we have Colin clear with us for next year.´

Meanwhile, Lin Jarvis, Managing Director of Yamaha Motor Racing stated, `We are very happy to have been able to secure Colin as a Yamaha rider for 2009. We have been working to improve the quality of the total Yamaha package in the MotoGP class and in 2008 we have achieved the best combined results to date for many years.´

`Colin´s contribution to the improvement of results in Tech 3 has been very important for the team and for the overall factory results.´

MotoGP, 2008, RED BULL U.S. GRAND PRIX, Colin Edwards, Tech 3 Yamaha

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