Edwards to Forward Racing CRT in 2012

September 2, 2011
Bart Madson
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WSB veteran Colin Edwards had the ninth-fastest time overall behind Ducatis Nicky Hayden.
Colin Edwards will campaign the 2012 Grand Prix season, the Texan piloting a CRT effort from Forward Racing.

Colin Edwards will stay in MotoGP through the 2012 season. The current Tech 3 Yamaha rider plans to campaign next year aboard Forward Racing’s CRT entry. Forward presented its 2012 rider at the Misano circuit on Friday.

It is expected that Forward Racing’s CRT machine will source a Yamaha R1-derived engine – continuing Edwards’ long association with the tuning fork brand (Yamaha also announcing it will withdraw factory support in World Superbike next season).

Forward’s CRT chassis is not yet confirmed. Edwards’ current Tech 3 employer runs its own chassis for three support riders in the Moto2 class, making it a likely candidate. Forward Racing currently competes in Moto2 with a Suter chassis, and 125 with a KTM-powered machine.

Edwards was not expected to return to the Tech 3 squad for 2012. Rumors this year and last linked the American to a World Superbike return, where he is a two-time champion. Instead Edwards comes back for what will be his 10th season in Grand Prix. At 37, he will be the oldest GP competitor following the retirement announcement of Loris Capirossi.

A number of candidates could fill the vacant Tech 3 Yamaha seat to be teammates with Cal Crutchlow in 2012. Among them is fellow Brit and current Tech 3 Moto2 rider Bradley Smith.

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