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Sep 14, 2002

Honda MotoGP Move Disappoints Edwards

Copyright 2002, Roadracing World Publishing, Inc.<BR><BR>Former Superbike World Champion and current World Superbike points leader Colin Edwards is seriously disappointed with Honda.<BR><BR>After years of being told by Honda officials that he can't move to MotoGP with Honda because he's an American and marketing reasons preclude putting an American on a works Honda MotoGP team, Edwards has just seen fellow American Nicky Hayden get the MotoGP ride of his dreams.<BR><BR>It's left Edwards seriously disenchanted.<BR><BR>He'd already agreed to leave Honda and join Ducati for 2003 with a shot at the Italian company's MotoGP team, but that ride will go to Troy Bayliss, so Edwards has lost out on a shot at a 2003 MotoGP ride twice.<BR><BR>This is what Edwards told Roadracing World GP Editor Mat Oxley about the news that newly crowned AMA Superbike Champion Hayden will ride a works Honda RC211V in MotoGP next year: "I'm looking forward to Imola, but after that, with all this shit that's goin' on with Honda, I just need to go home and relax. It feels like someone's ripped their foot out of my ass real fast!"<BR><BR>Edwards confirmed that Hayden will ride in the Repsol Honda team.