MotoGP » Colin Edwards eyeing FTR-M1 for 2014?

"We don't know what's going to happen in 2014 engine wise, as it looks like Yamaha might be leasing some engines" – Colin Edwards

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November 16, 2012 7:26 PM

re: "He broadcasts via Twitter how bad his bike is and is not ashamed of calling a spade a spade.
I'm not sure about you, but if I told my clients and sponsors that the company isn't run properly, the product is rubbish and I'd rather be blowing things apart with a rifle I think I'd be out of a job?"

yes, you probably would be, but that's not same thing as you being wrong. this is expressly the reason why someone HAS to speak truth to power. it is incorrectly assumed that just because someone or something represents "power"...? they are inherently endowed with intelligence and can be counted on to exhibit good decision making (power loves it when you make this faulty assumption). i have discovered in my brief time on the planet, nothing could be further from the truth.

LouiSalami - Unregistered

November 16, 2012 7:29 PM

If Honda's trickle down prototypes are as good as their CBR1000RR racebike then whoever leases them turds will only have a big leasing bill and a whole bunch of body repairs as a memory. Unless they put riders who don't push it to the limit.

ZeR0 Kun

November 16, 2012 11:40 PM

@ shamarone

i do agree with you on the brakes. carbon disc/carbon brakes are another point that drives the costs up, have little application to road-going products, and did not produce close racing despite being around for 20 years already. look at WSBK as the finest example - even though they also use loads of electronics like motoGP and the disparity of bike performance due to engine configuration, the races are arguably closer thanks to the use of metal brakes. the development costs of metal brakes can easily be recouped from the sales of production version that benefits from the work done in racing, making it more attractive to new suppliers that seek to expand their technology. more suppliers also mean less cost through competition of brake supply.


November 17, 2012 6:01 AM

It would be interesting to see how much pull he has with Yamaha to get a leased M1 engine. I know a lot of folks see him as over it, but the guy is well known by the big 4. He has won WSBK twice and the 8 hours 3 times. I hear if you win one of those in japan then you are a GOD.

Dare to Live

November 17, 2012 7:40 AM
Last Edited 1263 days ago

Few top bikes available but lots of talent out there... I agree with you Colin, the leasing of top engines will not only help the sport but also help you become more competitive. Keep it up and good luck...


November 17, 2012 5:31 PM

Colin Edwards is a bit of a throwback to an earlier era. Certainly not as flamboyant as say Barry Sheen, but a much more interesting character than some of the politically correct, bland riders we have today. Maybe he is a little over the hill but he still brings something to MotoGP.

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