Yamaha fans everywhere can rejoice as Colin Edwards will be joining the team again for the 2011 MotoGP season. Edwards has confirmed that he has resigned for a new one year contract with his team Monster Yamaha Tech 3. The new contract is an extension of his current contract with the team.
The 36-year-old Edwards made the announcement after completing his 100th race at the Gran Premio A-Style de Aragon in Spain last Sunday. He joined the Yamaha team in 2008 and has since become one of the most prominent riders of the team. He had an outstanding stint with Yamaha last year, winning the top non factory rider award. Edwards started in the MotoGP circuit in 2003, riding for Aprilia.
Edwards is currently number 11 in the world rankings, with his best start at seventh position at Laguna Seca, Brno, and Misano. And despite having a disappointing 12th place finish in last Sunday’s race, he was still able to maintain his current position.
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Having signed with Tech 3 Yamaha for 2010, Ben Spies will run his very first Yamaha MotoGP bike at Valencia during the final round of the MotoGP World Championship and his new team has just come up with this absolutely superb Sterilgarda paintjob for the occasion.
Spies won the 2009 World Superbike Championship for Yamaha, while his best result in MotoGP is a 6th place at Indianapolis in 2008, when he was racing for Suzuki.
Today, at Laguna Seca, home racer Colin Edwards will announce that he will sign its contract with Tech 3 Yamaha Team. How do we know that? Well, the last time I checked we were not predictors, but there has been done some negotiating last week at the rain-hit German GP at Sachsenring and the positive conclusions are to be announced today.
Even though the Texan has a great evolution in this year’s MotoGP Championship for Herve Poncharal’s squad (two podiums and a pole position) it initially considered to quit the premier class and race in America. But it seems that the tough negotiators at Yamaha can make anybody reconsider their options.
Colin Edwards will make team with British riders James Toseland, so Yamaha’s expecting a successful 2009 MotoGP.
Poncharal didn’t lost much time as it renewed its contract with Yamaha for two more years at the same race.