Despite persistent rumours that Colin Edwards will join Telefonica Movistar Honda next season, the team insist that although the American is one of a number of 'possibilities', no deal has yet been done.

Double WSBK champ Edwards (pictured with Nicky Hayden) has endured a difficult debut year in MotoGP with Aprilia, whom he joined after Honda failed to offer him an RCV ride with Michelin tyres.

Nevertheless, whilst his results may have been disappointing - after pre-season talk of podiums - Edwards has still managed to raise his stock by consistent performances, on often unfamiliar circuits, and proving he can more than 'make the grade' in GPs.

However, after a year in the class, Colin appears to realise the difference between Honda and the rest of the field is insurmountable and - with the RS Cube's progress having come to a virtual halt - is eager for a more competitive ride.

As such, 'the Tornado' is widely tipped to jump ship back to his former employers next season - who in turn are keen to exploit the Texan's renowned development skills; particularly should Valentino Rossi depart for pastures new.

Although Edwards signed a multi-year deal with Aprilia, a performance clause in his contract is widely believed to have not been met - allowing either party to terminate their agreement at the end of this year.

However, whilst some believe the Honda deal - which would see Edwards replace Ryuichi Kiyonari alongside 2003 championship runner-up Sete Gibernau - has already been done, Fausto Gresini's team claim otherwise.

"I still can't confirm Sete's team-mate," Telefonica spokeswoman Cristina Gibernau (Sete's sister) told "For sure, Colin is a possibility... as well as other riders. As soon as a deal is closed we'll make an announcement."

The final Grand Prix of the 2003 season takes place at Valencia on November 2.



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