Telefonica Honda has confirmed the news many MotoGP fans have been waiting for: That Colin Edwards will ride an RC211V in the 2004 world championship.

The Texan, born in 1974 and winner of two World Superbike titles in 2000 and 2002, returns to Honda - the factory with which he won both his major honours - after a rookie season in GPs with Aprilia, in which he finished 13th with 62 points.

Edwards will partner 2003 championship runner-up Sete Gibernau, in a strong line-up for Fausto Gresini's family like outfit.

"I can say that I am at the head of a winning team - two riders like Sete and Colin are reason to have high hopes and expectations of top results," enthused Gresini. "Looking forward to next season, I think we have the potential to go for victories. I am a great admirer of Edwards - he is a rider who combines talent with determination."

"Next year with Sete and Colin, Team Telef?nica MoviStar Honda will be one of the main points of reference in MotoGP," added Elena Gorostiza, marketing director for Telef?nica MoviStar. "After Sete's fantastic season, the addition of Colin will reinforce the potential of the whole team."

Edwards will replace Ryuichi Kiyonari, who won't be in MotoGP next year.



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