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.
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. "