When Colin Edwards made his MotoGP debut in 2003, there wasn't a single American round on the grand prix calendar.
Fast-forward to 2013 and MotoGP has no less than three US-based events, including this weekend's COTA debut in Edwards' home state of Texas.
“I´m really excited about the Austin GP, it will be the first GP I´ve ever driven to, which is awesome!” said the Forward Racing rider. “As far as expanding the audience we´ve had one [MotoGP] out west side, one on the east side and now we get to have one south. I´ve got a lot of friends, a lot of family coming and I am looking forward to it. It should be good!”
Edwards failed to finish after mechanical problems with his FTR-Kawasaki in the Qatar race, while rookie team-mate Claudio Corti just missed out on the points in 16th. Edwards has ridden COTA on a road bike, but Italian Corti can't wait to sample the 'new playground'.
“I always look forward to going to a new circuit, it's like entering into a brand new playground when you are a little kid!” he said “I expect it to be a tough weekend since we have no data on this new track, but with the experience from Qatar I go into this race cool headed and confident about the team´s potential and my own.”
As well as Edwards, Pramac Ducati's Ben Spies will be the other Texan racing in MotoGP this weekend.