Colin Edwards will hit a new landmark in his glittering motorcycle career as he prepares to make his 150th grand prix start at Motorland Aragon.
The American made the leap to MotoGP in 2003 after notching up his second World Superbike Championship title, Edwards joining with Aprilia for their burgeoning factory effort before switching to Gresini Honda for 2004.
Enjoying a successful season that included two podiums and a run to fifth in the standings, Edwards was snapped up by Yamaha in 2005, where he has been ever since (three seasons with the factory team, four seasons with the satellite Tech 3 team).
During that time, Edwards has amassed 12 podiums, three pole positions and three fastest laps, but no wins. Ahead of his imminent switch to Forward Racing for 2012, Edwards is keen to mark his 150th race at Motorland Aragon with another strong finish.
“I can't believe I'm going to be making my 150th MotoGP appearance this weekend. It feels like only yesterday since I moved from World Superbikes but I've had an awesome time in MotoGP and long may it continue. Although it is a landmark race in my MotoGP career I'll just try and treat it like every other race and do the best possible job I can for the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team.
“The Aragon track has a really cool layout and I can't wait to get back there, even though my result wasn't the best last season. And I'm definitely keen to bounce back from Misano, which didn't end how I expected at all. I had a great weekend up until the race but the arm pump was the worst I've ever had. I've had a few days to rest and relax at home so I'm sure I'm going to be 100 per cent this weekend.”