It seems the rumors out of Indianapolis were true, as Colin Edwards’ role at the NGM Forward team has come to awkward end. Officially “retiring early” Edwards will continue to ride for the team by “doing some wild cards,” according to the team press release. The only round confirmed by the team is Silverstone, though Edwards says he will ride at Valencia as well.

“It has been a great weekend here at Indy with lots of support from the family, the friends and the team,” said Edwards. “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 [sic] 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,” concluded the Texas Tornado.

Taking Edwards’ place as a full-time rider is Alex de Angelis, who will begin his riding duties on the Open Class Forward Yamaha starting at the Brno round.

“It’s a dream come true for me to return in MotoGP. 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,” said De Angelis.

“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.”

With Edwards loved greatly by British fans, Silverstone is like a second home for the Texan, and serves as a final stop on his farewell tour. Edwards is still one of the fastest and most respected test riders in the GP paddock though, and his presence at the Valencia round, and subsequent post-race test, makes a tremendous amount of sense.

The news confirms rumors that started as far back as Jerez, and were confirmed in part at Austin when Colin shocked the press conference with his retirement announcement. With rumors persisting through the season, Edwards and NGM Boss Giovanni Cuzari had been cagey at Indianapolis about the American’s future in the team, and now we can see the reasons why.

Having already experience with Bridgestone tires and MotoGP racing, Alex de Angelis is a strong addition to the NMG Forward Racing team, and we can expect similar results from him as we’ve seen from Aleix Espargaro.

That perhaps has been the biggest criticism of Edwards’, as the American has been near the rear of the open class pack this season, while Espargaro has been impressing many in the paddock with his factory-class pace.

Source: NGM Forward; Photo: © 2014 Tony Goldsmith / TGF Photos – All Rights Reserved

  • Jw

    This makes me add up a few numbers in my head.

    66k fans watched the IMS race with a capacity of 250k. In 2015 with only one rider left who is American.

    What will this do to attendance at USA tracks?

    I’m not saying he should stay, just saying there are no American riders to step into the class.

    Collin I am sure is very happy to hang his hat.

  • Brandon

    As an American, I’ve never watched motogp to see the America riders. I have gone to Indy for a motogp race but not out of patriotism. The problem with American GPs are that they aren’t promoted enough in the states. No one except motogp fans know what it is or when the events are.

  • jzj

    Josh Hayes is the most professional rider in America. He is not going to beat the best handful in MotoGP (no one does), but he is a fine racer. While he would be up to it, doubtless he’d be considered too old.

    Cameron Beaubier is our next best racer. He is not sufficiently seasoned. He cannot reliably beat Hayes, and he will not win the AMA points championship this year.

    There are several very good riders who are not too big or too old to attract interest, including Jake Gagne and Garrett Gerloff. How would they do? Well, Josh Herrin, who flukily beat Hayes last year, is getting his ass kicked in Moto2.

    We may be in for some quiet times on the world stage.

  • jzj

    I bet Hayes could do well in WSBK, and Yamaha owes him. I want to see us have some meaningful presence on the world stage. This is the best hope, I think (and it would wipe away the depressing taste EBR has left).

  • Mitch

    Out of sight, out of mind. Without bringing interest to the sport, with tracks far away from where spectators could visit on a Friday night, there isn’t the interest – isn’t the money – isn’t the makers and manufacturers that it takes to nurture the talent.

    I can find dirtbike lifestyle stuff in the US until it’s coming out of my ears. Where is road racing?

  • Rico Bustamente

    Yeah…. Colin Edwards had a great career & made a ton of money…. He is an excellent example, along with Nicky Hayden of a true American racer.

    But as Nicky pointed out from Indy…. there is no platform in the US for developing world class roadracers… the AMA is & has been a joke for years…. there are a bunch of great riders who are either no longer racing (Tommy Hayden) or racing at levels under their ability (Danny Eslick, Blake Young)… or just can’t afford to race…

    As far as Josh Herrin goes….. he’s a mediocre rider at best & a bunch of AMA riders would smoke him if they were on the same bike… he was promoted to superbike without ever being a 600 champ…. undeserved in my opinion… many faster riders than him that never get the chance… I read an article about him & how he doesn’t train, etc…. he might have some natural talent but like anything else, you have to train & practice to rise to the top consistently… & he just doesn’t seem capable of doing that. I remember laughing while watching the race where his feet were on fire (hot)…. falling off the couch laughing…. I also loved when Danny Eslick would challenge him…. Josh acted like a baby…Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!

    I heard Wayne Rainey might be getting a new roadrace series together.. I would love to see him & maybe Kenny Roberts & some other former champions finally develop a series that does it right & it great to watch & support….

    just my 2 cents….

  • sburns2421

    The rest of this decade will be a quiet one from Americans in MotoGP. I give Hayden another year, maybe two, and he too will leave the series. There is no one waiting in the wings to take their place, and none on the horizon ready, IMO. Keep in mind there has been exactly one win in MotoGP from an American in eight years, so it has been quiet for some time already.

    Huge reversal of fortunes for the Americans and Spaniards. Even if the US copied the Spanish Moto3-2-GP model for a domestic series you are still talking years until the riders would be ready, this assumes one or two has the talent, luck, and support to actually challenge the top handful at the MotoGP level.

    As for Edwards, honestly never been a fan of his even from his AMA 250 days but he can leave and know he gave it his all on the world stage on some of the best equipment at different times in his career. Glad for him he is walking away and not forced due to an injury that will leave him in pain the rest of his life. His World Superbike championships are definitely his career highlight, at a time when WSBK was arguably as big as GP.

  • H.L.

    Good move. You could see that lack of fire in his eyes during practice and on the grid before every race. He was just out there fulfilling a contract. Congrats on a good career.

    This may be unfair but I blame all the legendary American riders from MotoGp and before that who set the bar high for the Spaniards, Brits, and Italians back in the day. I see Rossi creating a team for the young Italian riders. I see Aleix creating a young team for the spanish kids. The US legends should have came together and worked on putting their money together to create a US racing series and went to DORNA for some financial and proffesional assistance to do so.

    I know it sounds easier said than done but I thought you were supposed to give back. The time to do so was when these riders were relevant just like Rossi and Aleix are doing. The window was there and wide open for the US legends to make something happen, and now, not only is that window doesn’t exist.

  • Jimbo

    I think it’s sad that to attract fans to this sport in any country, you need to have a local on the grid. We aren’t watching a world cup here! I see MotoGP as kind of like Golf or Tennis. These are individuals competing for their teams and for themselves. I am not sure you need a country allegiance. I am English but I don’t blindly support Cal Crutchlow and Bradley Smith. (I do like Smith but think Crutchlow is an arse and I couldn’t be happier that Ducati are shot of him). I support Pedrosa because I like him. I support Rossi because he is Rossi. And I love Lorenzo for turning his attitued from show off punk to straight edge race machine! I cant support Marquez cos he wins all the time and we Brits like underdogs!
    I love American Patriotism – I wish my country was more loud and proud of itself. But in this instance the insistence only watching it if there is an American in it means people are really missing out on a fantastic sport. Look at the welcome the sport got in Argentina this season. The track was only accessible by space shuttle, in the middle of no-where and yet it was packed. I might have to eat my words but i dont see any Argentine riders on the grid?
    If you want to support “America” support your Football team (soccer). They were amazing in the world cup!!! Thanks to the hopefully 66k+ fans who are at Indy next year!

  • Mitch

    I see what you’re saying, Jimbo. Another factor may be that we have no American machinery there either, and the American venues seem like afterthoughts. It has a certain feeling sort of like Formula 1, where Europe desperately wants to just keep it to itself to make things easier.

  • Stevenk27

    While I know the story is about Colin I am super excited to see de Angelis ride again. He is such an underrated rider, maybe not on a great bike but to be honest Colin was really riding great as it is.

  • L2C

    I know it sounds easier said than done but I thought you were supposed to give back. The time to do so was when these riders were relevant just like Rossi and Aleix are doing. The window was there and wide open for the US legends to make something happen, and now, not only is that window doesn’t exist.