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'Texas Tornado' calling it a day

2014-04-11 09:41

END OF AN ERA: Double World Superbike Champion Colin Edwards has announced he will retire at the end of the 2014 season. Image: Colin Edwards Facebook

ALAN BALDWIN

LONDON, England - A legend in his own right, World Superbike champion and MotoGP veteran Colin Edwards will retire from racing at the end of the 2014 season.

The 40-year-old Texan is a double World Champion in superbikes but never had the same success in MotoGP, where he has raced since 2003 without winning.

Take a look at one of Edwards most memorable moments when he saved himself and his Yamaha from crashing in the 2008 Jerez MotoGP qualifying round.

VIDEO: 'Tornado's awesome 2008 save

The 'Texas Tornado' said ahead of the 2014 Grand Prix of the Americas in Austin, Texas: "I don't even know how to say it, I rehearsed it so many times - 2014 will be my last year racing motorcycles."

The Houston-born rider was partnered with Valentino Rossi at Yamaha from 2005-07 before making way for Jorge Lorenzo, now a double World Champion.

Nine times World champion Rossi said: "I am very sad about the news of Colin's retirement, as he is one of my best friends in the paddock. He is a great guy and a great rider."

MotoGP's 21-year-old World champion, Marc Marquez, added: "Colin started riding at the top when I was only two years old. I hope I can ride for as long as he has."

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