Forward Racing have issued a formal press release, announcing Colin Edwards' early retirement from motorcycle racing. Edwards will not compete at Brno, but it is not entirely clear exactly what other races he will compete in this season. In the press release, Edwards insists that he will race at Silverstone, but after that, nothing is clear. Edwards himself had mentioned racing at Valencia, but that was not certain. The press release itself does not make the situation much clearer. You can read the press release below:
NGM Forward Racing and Colin Edwards announce the American’s retirement from racing competition
NGM Forward Racing and Colin Edwards announced that the American will not be racing in Brno and in the second part of the 2014 season
The two- time World Superbike Champion (2000 and 2002), 1992 AMA Champion and MotoGP protagonist will continue to be part of the NGM Forward Team as a key figure of the team, contributing to the development of the machine and doing some wild cards.
At his third season with Forward Racing, the 40-year old Texan rider has contributed at the growth and success of the team, embarking the adventure of the CRT project in 2012 and 2013 and the Open class this year. Thanks to his experience and great personality, a young team such as Forward Racing has now become one of the protagonists on the MotoGP grid.
Giovanni Cuzari, Team Owner
“I’d like to thank Colin Edwards for everything he has done for our team. Our adventure in MotoGP has started thanks to him. Two times World Superbike Champion and successful rider in MotoGP, he accepted the challenge of the CRT project with us, scoring the first ever pole position and CRT win in Qatar 2012 in the year debut of this new class. From that race we have constantly grown, improving the results. It was thanks to his experience that last year we chose the best package on the grid to race together in the new Open category. His contribution has been crucial and we can now count 8 wins out of 10 races. We will see Colin again this year as a wild card and he will always be part of the Forward Racing family. I’d like to thank once again Colin, amazing rider and great man”.
“It has been a great weekend here at Indy with lots of support from the family, the friends and the team. I’m not 100% certain about how many races I will do till the end of the season but for sure I will be in Silverstone, weather I will be racing or not. I have a big fans support there and I cannot miss this appointment. I am thinking about my future, the different possibilities. I’m happy and I look forward to the second part of my life”.