MotoGP organizers are re-opening discussion for the series’ rookie rule which prevents new riders from entering the series with factory teams. Introduced following the 2009 MotoGP season, the rule was designed to give satellite teams the chance to field young up-and-coming talents they otherwise wouldn’t have been able to sign. The theory was the rule […]
Colin Edwards Joins Forward Racing CRT Squad for 2012
Colin Edwards will join the Forward Racing team to compete in the 2012 MotoGP season as a Claiming Rule Team entry.
Edwards, known as a good development rider and an even better quote machine, is the first rider to officially sign on with a CRT. Forward Racing may be more familiar to some race fans by its former name, Hayate Racing, the outfit that ran the Kawasaki ZX-RR with Marco Melandri in 2009 after Kawasaki pulled out of MotoGP racing.
“I’ve always been a good test rider and I’m happy that this will be my next challenge,” Edwards tells MotoGP.com.
Forward Racing hasn’t finalized plans on what its machine will use, but Edwards says he hopes it will use a Yamaha R1 engine with a chassis developed by Edwards’ current employers, Tech 3 Racing. Negotiations are currently underway between Forward Racing and Tech 3′s Herve Poncheral.
Forward Racing currently has two riders in the Moto2 class, Jules Cluzel and Raffaele De Rosa, and three riders in the 125cc class,