A German motorsports website reported Wednesday that the 2014 seat of American Colin Edwards II at Forward Racing may be under threat due to budget problems created by the hiring of Aleix Espargaro.
Reportedly Aspar charged Forward Racing a fee believed to be 400,000 euros to release Espargaro from his contract and ride a "customer" Yamaha next season for Forward. The German report indicated Espargaro will pay 100,000, with Forward on the hook for the other 300,000.
Forward boss Giovanni Cuzari apparently agreed to this buyout fee without having the budget, and the German report indicated Cuzari asked Edwards to waive his salary in 2014 to cover the shortfall.
Edwards reportedly shot down that request with the ferocity of one of his favorite .50-caliber rifles at the Texas Tornado Boot Camp.