Lot 164 - 2013 12953 Forward FTR Machine Ridden by Colin Edwards

Lot 164 - 2013 12953 Forward FTR Machine Ridden by Colin Edwards

Lot 164 - 2013 12953 Forward FTR Machine Ridden by Colin Edwards

Lot Number 164
Estimate £55,000 - £65,000
Result Sold - £72,000

Forward FTR Machine Ridden by Colin Edwards (The Texas Tornado)- USA

 The NGM Forward Racing Team 2013 FTR MotoGP machines
As used by Colin Edwards and Claudio Corti throughout the 2013 season
This is a rare opportunity to acquire one or both of the Forward FTR MotoGP machines with one having been ridden by two times World Superbike Champion, Colin Edwards and the other ridden by the 2008 Superbike runner up, Claudio Corti.

Both machines are offered with their Kawasaki ZX-10R engines tuned by Kawasaki's French based tuning company partner, Akira. With the power output and dry weight of only 157kg and 245+ bhp of available power, these machines are capable of speeds in excess of 325 kph. An FTR MGP13 aluminium tri-spar chassis provides the framework with Öhlines suspension, Brembo brakes and an Akrapovic exhaust system mated to the Kawasaki power plants.

"FTR technical support post sale will include a test run of the machine with a grand prix technician to ensure the customer is fully briefed with the workings of the machinery and also two VIP paddock passes for the British round of the 2014 MotoGP World Championship at Silverstone on August 29-31 and hospitality with the NGM Forward Racing Team."
 
In today's market, it is extremely rare to find a genuine MotoGP machine for sale, it is even rarer to find two fully working with their fully tuned and ready Akira Kawasaki engines. In addition; not only does this represent an opportunity to acquire these rare machines at a fraction of the build costs but there is also a promise of support post sale from the Forward FTR MotoGP team who will supply the services of one of their technicians, anywhere within the UK mainland, to demonstrate the machines technicalities and procedures to any new owner/s.

Colin Edwards II, born February 27, 1974 in Houston, Texas, is an American professional motorbike racer. In 1995 Colin started his career with Yamaha in the Superbike World Championship.  His results in 1995 were disappointing as Edwards struggled to adjust to the demands of competing in a global competition, and he missed the last two meetings after team-mate Yasutomo Nagai perished in a crash at Assen In 1996 he achieved a greatly improved sixth overall in the Superbike World championship. 1997 Colin was forced to withdraw from competing due to injuries sustained in the fifth round of the Superbike World Championship. He was replaced in the Yamaha World Superbike Team and was unable to negotiate a position in the 500cc Grand Prix competition. Fortunately he was able to conclude a deal with Honda to ride the RC45 motorcycle in the 1998 Superbike World Championship. Colin finished fifth overall that year, and earned his first solo international victories with a double win at Monza followed by his 3rd win of the season at Brands Hatch.

In 1999, Colin managed several more victories for Honda including leading teammate Aaron Slight home twice at Brands Hatch, giving Honda a rare Double-1-2 and ended the season in second overall position, behind champion Carl Fogarty In 2000, Colin rode the new Honda VTR-1000 SP1/RC51 twin cylinder motorcycle to overall victory in the Superbike World Championship after Yamaha rider and points leader, Noriuki Haga was disqualified for testing positive for a banned substance. Colin came second to Ducati rider, Troy Bayliss in 2001 but reclaimed the title from Bayliss in 2002 in a dramatic fashion, clinching the championship in the final race of the season in Imola. Colin also holds the record for the most points in a single season with 552 points in 2002 breaking the previous record of 489 points set by Carl Fogarty in 1999. Runner-up Troy Bayliss also broke the previous record with 541 points.

After winning his 2nd Superbike World Championship, Colin moved to MotoGP in 2003. He rode for the greatly troubled Aprilia team on the RS Cube, and his only notable accomplishment in that otherwise dismal year was avoiding serious injury when his machine caught fire due to an incorrectly fitted fuel cap at Sachsenring. Yet Colin, known in all motorcycle paddocks as a great bike tester, tried to no avail to help lift the struggling team. 2004 saw Colin riding for Telefonica Movistar Honda, and he achieved his first MotoGP podium position at Donington. Colin finished the season in fifth overall position. In 2005, Colin moved to Gauloises Yamaha factory team as the teammate to the world champion Valentino Rossi. His best result for 2005 was a second position at Laguna Seca, behind compatriot Nicky Hayden. He finished the season fourth overall.

In the 2013 MotoGP World Championship, Colin finished 16 times in the 18 races held with the best result being 9th at the Catalunya MotoGP and accruing a total of 41 points for the season.

Colin will continue to race for the NGM Mobile Forward Racing team in the 2014 season.

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