This weekend's Indianapolis MotoGP will mark a significant milestone in the career of the ever popular Colin Edwards, who will be taking part in his last grand prix in front of his home fans.

The double World Superbike champion, a MotoGP rider since 2003, is retiring at the end of this season and confessed it will be an emotional event.

"Indianapolis is a very special place with a lot of history. My family and friends will be there and I'm sure it will be an emotional weekend," said the Texan.

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"I'm curious to see how the new surface is, as there used to be four different kinds of tarmacs. Also the layout has changed, so it will be very interesting. I really look forward to Indy."

Edwards has only scored points once since a ninth place in the Qatar season opener, switching to development of next year's FTR chassis from Mugello.

The 40-year-old recently branded speculation he could retire after Sunday's race as 'not true' - although his participation in October's flyaway rounds seems less certain.

Meanwhile Forward Yamaha team-mate Aleix Espargaro is dominating the new Open class, holding sixth in the world championship and still running the Yamaha frame.

"It will be interesting to understand the grip of the new asphalt," said the Spaniard, tipped to join Suzuki next season. "I'm very excited for this US round, we arrive after three very positive races in a row and I'm determined to keep this good momentum. The atmosphere is always special in America and I look forward to the race."

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I just hope we get someone who can sing doing their Star Spangled. Normally its wince, grit your teeth and "WTF is that diabolical noise!"