Colin Edwards, the oldest rider on the MotoGP grid, has no intention of retiring and has his sights set on remaining at the NGM Mobile Forward Racing team for 2014.
The Texan, 40 next February, has been with Forward since its step up to MotoGP under the new privateer CRT rules in 2011.
The team switched from Suter-BMW to FTR-Kawasaki machinery for this year, but has a 'verbal agreement' with Yamaha to lease M1 engines for 2014.
“I don't have anything [signed] for next year,” confirmed Edwards. “Obviously I would like to stay with the team I'm with. The team is working on something that should make our performance quite a bit better.
“I've done two years and I would like to do a year on a better package. We're aiming for that.”
Edwards didn't specifically name the rumoured FTR-Yamaha package, but added:
“The better packages are out there for next year, it's just a matter of money. It all comes down to money at the end of the day. If you've got the budget you can compete a little bit more.”
Asked about about his motivation to continue racing, the former WSBK title winner and twelve-time MotoGP podium finisher replied:
“I'm having fun. I like poppin' wheelies and doing donuts. I can't see stopping. I'm still motivated and this year we had a new package again and I guess that keeps you motivated, finding that next tenth or two tenths, or in our case half a second.
“It seems like step-by-step we're getting there. In Barcelona Bridgestone brought a particular rear tyre I like and we'll have the same tyre-ish here, as far as casing is concerned, which I think this bike likes and I like. So we're looking for a good weekend.”
Edwards was also on form when it was his turn to answer a question about whether, as a rider, he had any privacy concerns given that doctors took the unusual step of hosting a press conference to explain Dani Pedrosa's collarbone injuries at the Sachsenring.
“I don't care,” said Edwards. “As long as they are not giving out inches or girth it's all okay!”
Edwards' best finish so far this season is a ninth place at Catalunya.