OK, MotoAmerica fans, let’s play a quick game of “Who Am I?”
I’m a lanky kid from Texas who won a professional motorcycle road racing championship aboard a Yamaha, then I moved up to a Yamaha Superbike, had a solid rookie year, and in my second year on the bike, I won three races.
Who am I?
If your answer is “Garrett Gerloff,” you are correct. Oh, but we failed to mention one little detail: the year was 1994 instead of 2019, so that changes things.
Gerloff wasn’t even born until 1995, a year after this lanky kid from Texas won his three Superbike races.
Now, who am I?
Of course, the answer is “Colin Edwards.”
In 1994, sophomore Superbike rider Colin Edwards won three races in the latter part of the season aboard his #45 Vance & Hines Yamaha YZF750R-SP. Here are the dates and tracks:
• July 17, 1994: Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
• July 31, 1994: Brainerd International Raceway
• August 21, 1994: Sears Point Raceway
Thus far in 2019, sophomore Superbike rider Garrett Gerloff has won three races in the latter part of this season aboard his #31 Monster Energy/Yamalube/Yamaha Factory Racing YZF-R1. Here are the dates and tracks:
• July 12, 2019: WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca
• August 10, 2019: Sonoma Raceway
• August 23, 2019: Pittsburgh International Race Complex
How about that little bit of déjà vu? Lanky Texan Garrett Gerloff has done almost exactly what lanky Texan Colin Edwards did 25 years ago.
And, after those three race wins aboard a Yamaha Superbike in the 1994 season, Colin Edwards was recruited by Yamaha to race in the Superbike World Championship.
Will the déjà vu continue?