Forward Racing team manager Giovanni Cuzari has refuted reports that he considering dropping the soon-to-be-retired Colin Edwards from his rider line-up, but hints the man himself could be considering an early exit regardless.

Edwards confirmed plans to hang up his helmet at the end of the 2014 MotoGP season during his home Grand Prix of the Americas event, but rumours of an enforced early retirement have arisen in light of his disappointing season when compared with team-mate Aleix Espargaro.

However, though speculation has been fanned further by confirmation that Simone Corsi will ride the Forward-Yamaha bike in the post-event test next week, Cuzari has denied claims of making any ultimatum towards Edwards directly.

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That said, Cuzari hints that Edwards himself could yet make the decision to retire early if he cannot close the gap to Espargaro and will meet with his rider on Monday to gauge his opinion.

"In the next race and starting on Monday, I would like to speak with Colin Edwards," he said. "He has a deal with me to the end of the season and I will 100 per cent respect that deal. However, if he is uncomfortable to stay like this, he is able to do what he wants, nothing else.

"This is my point of view. I love Colin Edwards, I have built a lot with Colin Edwards and he can stay with me until the end of the season. But if he is frustrated to stay like this with one on top and another is not in the last five positions... for me I am able to respect his decision.

"After the race I will speak with my rider and ask him what he wants to do."