Colin Edwards has flatly denied rumours suggesting he could be about to retire early from MotoGP, insisting he will be with Forward Racing until the end of the season.
Less than a month after he revealed intentions to bring his long and successful motorcycling career to a close at the end of the 2014 season, Edwards' immediate future has been brought into sharper focus during the Grand Prix of Spain weekend based on comments made by Forward team manager Giovanni Cuzari.
Indeed, with the American struggling to match the pace of team-mate Aleix Espargaro, Cuzari was originally quoted as suggesting he could be drop Edwards in favour of another rider, with IodaRacing's Danilo Petrucci mentioned in various circles.
Indeed, while Cuzari has since clarified his 'misunderstood' comments, insisting he would never renege on a contract with his rider, he did suggest a meeting with Edwards is imminent to discuss his own opinions of continuing to the end of the year
Nonetheless, Edwards says he has no plans to retire early, refusing to flinch when asked about whether he would be present until the final round in Spain.
“I have a contract and I am here to race. He [Cuzari] says it was a complete misunderstanding, I don't know what was said. I am here and I am not going anywhere.
The American maintains he is still enjoying his racing, despite a difficult start to his swansong season, describing the previous round in Argentina as 'so bad' he didn't even get upset about it.
“After Argentina it was so bad! It was so bad I didn't even get upset. When it is so bad you can get angry with yourself, but I couldn't even get upset. We had a big problem with fuel injection, electronics… there were so many problems in that race that we moved straight onto the next one.”
Qualifying 11th for the Grand Prix of Spain after an impressive return to form in FP3, which had him up to fifth fastest, Edwards says there is still work to be done on the electronics especially.
“We knew yesterday morning that the bike was good, but the electronics were a disaster. Then we went out in FP2 and tried to use the extra hard front think we could do some laps, but it was a disaster too, I couldn't turn, I couldn't stop, I couldn't do anything.
“We spent a lot of time on the electronics last night and got it sorted, so this morning we used the correct tyres and it felt good.”