“My last with the team”
For Colin Edwards the Valencia race marks the end of a three-year spell with the factory Yamaha team that has wielded six podium positions – a tally the Texan admits could have been much higher but for the difficulties experienced this year.
Amongst his highlights with the factory team were the teams' and constructors' titles and a new MotoGP record of 17 point-scoring finishes in 2005.
Now the former World Superbike Champion remains typically determined to sign off with his first win for the team and hold off last year's World Champion Nicky Hayden in the fight for eighth place in the championship.
“This season hasn't really turned out exactly how we had planned, there have been some high points and some low points but all I'm thinking about now is making sure that Valencia is one of the high ones!”, says Edwards. “The last two races have been especially difficult but we're starting with a clean slate on Friday morning and we'll go from there. Of course it is not easy to win races in this series but that's the target we start off with at every Grand Prix.”
“My guys have worked so hard all season and I really want to give them something to be proud of at the last race. It's going to be a strange race - my last with the team - but I'm really happy that I'm staying within the Yamaha family. My wife and a few friends from home are coming over too so I hope we can make it a weekend to celebrate.”