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Edwards stays at Forward for MotoGP 2013

13 September 2012

Forward Racing has confirmed that Colin Edwards will remain with the team for the 2013 MotoGP season, and could be joined by a second rider.

A twelve-time MotoGP podium finisher, Edwards became the unofficial mascot for the new privateer CRT class - created in response to plummeting manufacturer entries.

Renowned for his feedback and development skills, Edwards had been looking 'forward' to the technical challenge the start-from-scratch project presented.

But the 38-year-old Texan was to be frustrated at the lack of progress with the Suter-BMW, especially its electronics.

Edwards has tested several rival machines this year - an FTR-Kawasaki (Avintia) and FTR-Honda (Gresini), then Aprilia ART (Speed Master).

However Forward recently committed to using their present equipment until the end of the season, following meetings with Suter and BMW.

But upon confirming that Edwards is staying for a second year, Forward added that a decision is yet to be made on the 2013 bike - and that the team hopes to add a second rider.

Alex de Angelis, who currently races for Forward in Moto2, was also announced as continuing next year. The former MotoGP rider is 13th in the Moto2 championship, with one podium, while present team-mate Yuki Takahashi is yet to score.

de Angelis may have an outside chance of taking the second Forward MotoGP ride, should it materialise, but at this stage the team expects the Sammarinese to stay in Moto2.

Forward switched from a Suter to FTR Moto2 chassis earlier in the season.

Edwards, who broke his collarbone at Estoril, has scored points on five occasions this year with a best race finish of twelfth. He is 17th in the championship, with 17 points.

Aspar Aprilia team-mates Aleix Espargaro and Randy de Puniet led the CRT challenge with 45 and 41 points respectively.

Edwards is the first officially confirmed CRT rider for 2013, but eleven of the twelve manufacturer MotoGP rides - at Honda, Yamaha and Ducati - have already been filled.


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