Thursday, October 6, 2011

AMA Road Racing: Read All About Colin Edwards' Path to Racing in this Week's Edition of Larry Lawrence's Archives in Cycle News

Southwest Motorsports Yamaha team mates Colin Edwards #45 and Chris D'Aluisio #2 come into the turn 5 area during a practice session for the AMA 250 Grand Prix Championship Series at Road America in late June 1992.  The Southwest Motorsports/Yamaha/Dunlop/Arai-sponsored and TZ250-mounted riders would battle for the 250GP final event during The Coca-Cola Super Cycle Classic at the Elkhart Lake, WI. track, but it would be D'Aluisio taking his 3rd win in a row at the track that year.

Edwards burst onto the scene in AMA Road Racing in the 250 GP class in late '91 after claiming a handful of championships and hardware in the WERA Series, and would open the '92 season with a win at Daytona and at Charlotte, which would catapult him to the '92 AMA 250 Grand Prix Championship.  Yamaha USA took note, and by the '93 season he was on the factory-supported Vance & Hines Yamaha AMA Superbike Championship team as a team mate to '89 AMA Superbike Champion, Jamie James. 

Edwards would go on to win his first AMA Superbike Championship Series race at Mid Ohio in '94, and by the '95 season was racing in the World Superbike Championship in Europe.  Ironically, Edwards would win his two World Superbike Championships after he left the Yamaha fold, while riding for the Castrol Honda WSBK team.

Check out this great story about 2-Time World Superbike Champion Colin Edwards, that details his rise to fame from a Texas WERA racer some 20 years ago, thanks to the one and only Larry Lawrence and his 'Archives' column at Cycle's Digital Edition:

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