American rider Colin Edwards cuts MotoGP career to just three more races
AUG 08, 2014 5:36p ET
Colin Edwards will end his stellar international motorcycle career with just two more races - Silverstone and Valencia - following Sunday's Indianapolis Grand Prix.
The Indy race will be an emotional farewell to a legion of home fans but there is yet no clear explanation as to why the schedule of his final season will be shortened.
The surprise decision was confirmed by Edwards who said the will be replaced at next week's Czech GP at Brno by Italian rider Alex de Angelis.
But he is insistent that he has agreed with Forward Racing to say farewell to his huge UK fan base and then say a final goodbye by arcing in at Silverstone and Valencia.
"I'm definitely doing Silverstone and Valencia. As far as the others go i'm not 100 percent sure," Edwards said.
When asked why his final season in MotoGP is being curtailed Edwards said: "It is what it is. Nothing I can do but roll with it."
Edwards admits he has been below his best form this season and struggled to get along with the Forward Yamaha in the Open class which has been dominated by his fast Spanish teammate Aleix Espargaro.
Edwards said that his ideal plan was "to do all the races" but he is "not upset" at the prospect of another rider coming in to provide feedback on the bike.
Forward Racing had planned upgrades for their British-built chassis at Indianapolis but the new swing delivered apparently does fit.
Espargaro continues to race the factory Yamaha M1 frame - which Edwards also has access to - while the team develop their own chassis in a parallel program.
Edwards finished 16th after the opening two practice sessions at Indianapolis Friday with Espargaro eighth.
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