CE II Eyeing Another Year in MotoGP Circus
by staff
Tuesday, June 25, 2013

American Colin Edwards II will be out of contract after this season, finishing his two-year deal with NGM Mobile Forward Racing and its Claiming Rules Team project.

But Edwards is planning on returning to the team for the 2014 season, when he will start the season at age 40.

"I had a two-year deal, this year and last year, and I've yet to negotiate anything for the future," Edwards said to British media. "I'm certainly 100 percent mentally involved with the project for next year... . I'm not just sitting around waiting for something to happen, I'm pursuing the project for next year, that's for sure."

When asked if he will be on a Forward bike next season in MotoGP, Edwards said, "Yeah, I would say so."

Edwards recorded his best finish since joining the CRT ranks last year by finishing ninth in the Catalunya Grand Prix on June 16. The team switched to an FTR-Kawasaki package this season after suffering through what Edwards called weak support from Suter and the balky electronics of BMW bike last year, when Edwards' best finish was 11th.

Forward is one of the CRT teams contemplating its technical package for 2014, deciding between possibly buying a "customer" Honda RC213V bike, leasing a Yamaha M1 engine or continuing to develop its FTR-Kawasaki combination.

Edwards has been a respected and trusted development rider throughout his career, and he has said numerous times he enjoys honing the rough edges from a bike. So it would make little sense for Forward to dump Edwards' knowledge - and legendary good humor, especially when The Texas Tornado wants to stay with the team.


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