MotoGP Update: Don’t Write Off Colin Edwards Yet

Texas Tornado says help is on the way.

Colin-Edwards in-action at COTA

Colin Edwards did not finish Sunday's MotoGP race at Circuit of The Americas for the second consecutive year. The 40-year-old Texan was running 15th with four laps remaining in the 21-lap event when his NGM Mobile Forward Racing Yamaha stopped running.

“We had a small issue with the front tire,” he said, holding up his phone displaying a photo of the beat-up Bridgestone. “The pace slowed a little bit just before the bike quit. I knew I had to take it easy on the right-handers. I could push on the lefts.” Eighth-place Valentino Rossi, as well as other riders, encountered similar degradation.

"When I went to downshift," Edwards said, "the bike just quit. I pulled in the clutch, tried to bump start it—no bueno. So that was the race."

Edwards experienced a similar failure during preseason testing in Qatar. “The engine feels like it’s starving for fuel,” he said. “It doesn’t surge, it just kind of runs a little slow. The easiest way to describe it is like the big-end bearing is tying up.”

COTA is the toughest racetrack for motorcycles in the world, Edwards said. “None of the tracks we go to for the rest of the year have one first-gear corner. Here, we have five. Braking, gearbox down to first, all that force on your arms and back and stomach, holding yourself up—it’s demanding.”

Edwards announced last Thursday that he will retire from motorcycle racing at the end of the 2014 MotoGP season, but he’s motivated to finish his final season strong. “We have some ‘material’ coming for the Jerez test,” he said (while spelling out the word “chassis”). “It’s from my old pal who built my bike last year. Once we get that, things will change.”

Colin Edwards on the COTA grid