Following the 2014 Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix, Forward Racing announced that American Colin Edwards would “not be racing in Brno and in the second part of the 2014 season.” Edwards first announced
his impending retirement during Round 2 at Circuit of the Americas.
The announcement doesn’t come as a complete shock, as it was revealed prior to the Indy GP that Edwards would not be racing at Brno. Pre-race interviews with Edwards showed that he still planned on entering select rounds, Silverstone in particular, as a competitor, but the statement offered by Edwards via Forward Racing below appears to indicate that the level of his participation in Great Britain remains up in the air.
“It has been a great weekend here at Indy with lots of support from the family, the friends and the team. I’m not 100% certain about how many races I will do till the end of the season but for sure I will be in Silverstone, weather I will be racing or not. I have a big fans support there and I cannot miss this appointment. I am thinking about my future, the different possibilities. I’m happy and I look forward to the second part of my life.”
In the same press release, Forward Racing Team Owner/Media Action CEO Giovanni Cuzari offered these remarks:
“I’d like to thank Colin Edwards for everything he has done for our team. Our adventure in MotoGP has started thanks to him. Two times World Superbike Champion and successful rider in MotoGP, he accepted the challenge of the CRT project with us, scoring the first ever pole position and CRT win in Qatar 2012 in the year debut of this new class. From that race we have constantly grown, improving the results. It was thanks to his experience that last year we chose the best package on the grid to race together in the new Open category. His contribution has been crucial and we can now count 8 wins out of 10 races. We will see Colin again this year as a wild card and he will always be part of the Forward Racing family. I’d like to thank once again Colin, amazing rider and great man.”
Moto2 rider Alex De Angelis has been selected to ride in Edwards’ place, the official announcement coming from Forward Racing the day after the Indy GP.
“I have always considered our team as a big family and Alex has already been part of our team,” explained Cuzari. “Moreover he has experience in MotoGP so I thought that he was the best rider to line up with our colors and I’m happy to give him this opportunity to return in the premiere class.”
“It’s a dream come true for me to return in MotoGP,” said De Angelis. “I was working on this project last year, when I was racing with this team. Racing the second part of the championship with the NGM Forward Racing Team on board of a Forward Yamaha it’s a great occasion and I’d like to thank Giovanni Cuzari for this opportunity as well as the Tasca Racing Team that released me. I know that it won’t be easy for me to be competitive from the beginning as we have no time test the bike before Brno, but we will give my best. I can count on a very good team and competitive package so I really look forward to it.”