April 10, 2014 / 6:38 PM / in 4 years

Texas Tornado Edwards to retire at end of season

(Reuters) - Former world superbike champion and MotoGP veteran Colin Edwards announced on Thursday he would be retiring from racing at the end of the 2014 season.

NGM Mobile Forward Racing MotoGP rider Colin Edwards of the U.S. races during a free practice session at the MotoGP World Championship at the Losail International circuit in Doha March 21, 2014. REUTERS/Fadi Al-Assaad

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

“I don’t even know how to say it, I rehearsed it so many times - 2014 will be my last year racing motorcycles,” the ‘Texas Tornado’ said ahead of this weekend’s Grand Prix of the Americas in Austin, Texas.

The Houston-born rider was team mate to Italian great Valentino Rossi at Yamaha from 2005-07 before making way for Spaniard Jorge Lorenzo, now a double world champion.

“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,” said the nine times world champion Rossi.

MotoGP’s 21-year-old world champion, Marc Marquez, added: “Colin started riding at the top when I was just two years old. I hope I can ride for as long as he has.”

Reporting by Alan Baldwin, editing by Stephen Wood

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