Edwards extends Yamaha contract
18 July 2008 – Yamaha Motor Co. Ltd announced that it has extended its contract with Tech 3 Yamaha team rider Colin Edwards for another season. Edwards will continue to race for the French team for another season alongside James Toseland.
The Texan has agreed the new one-year contract for the 2009 MotoGP World Championship after enjoying the best spell of his premier class career with Herve Poncharal's Tech 3 Yamaha squad. The 34-year-old has already scored two podium finishes, four top five finishes and one pole position in 2008. He has been on the front row a further four times and is currently challenging for a top four position in the overall world championship standings.
Next year will be Edwards' fifth season with Yamaha in MotoGP, during which time he has been one of the most consistent performers in the championship, scoring points in all but ten of his 94 MotoGP races. Eight out of ten of Edwards' MotoGP career podium finishes have been with Yamaha.
Lin Jarvis, Managing Director of Yamaha Motor Racing commented "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. This comes down to the fact that in the Yamaha Factory Team and the Tech 3 Yamaha Team we currently have two excellent squads, with first-class technical partners, a great bike and four top class riders. "