Colin Edwards II
(born February 27, 1974 in Houston, Texas
) nicknamed the Texas Tornado
is an American professional motorcycle racer
. He is a two time World Superbike champion
and has competed in MotoGP
since 2003, now riding for the Yamaha Tech 3
team in the 2011 season.
At the age of three, his Australian father, Colin Edwards Sr. (an amateur motorcycle racer himself), introduced him to a minibike, and Edwards entered his first motocross race at the age of four. Over the next ten years, Edwards became one of the top-ranked junior motocross competitors in the USA, winning dozens of races in the 50cc to 80cc categories in local, regional and national events.
In 1988 at the age of 14, Edwards stopped competing in motocross races, having become distracted by the normal demands of being a teenager. However in 1990, Edwards and his father attended a motorcycle road race
event in north Texas, and this inspired him to attempt road racing
In 1991 Edwards began competing in amateur road-racing events locally, but rapidly progressed to national events. He was undefeated in every amateur event he entered that year, and won numerous national amateur titles. His performance was sufficiently impressive for him to be offered a sponsored ride with South West Motorsports, and Edwards turned professional just before the commencement of the 1992 season.
In his first professional season (1992), Edwards entered the AMA
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