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Edwards injured in Catalunya

Edwards injured in Catalunya

The fifth round of the 2011 MotoGP World Championship ended in premature and painful fashion for Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider Colin Edwards after sustaining a broken right collarbone following a heavy crash in this afternoon's second free practice session.

The day began full of promise for Edwards and the experienced American was sixth fastest this morning with a best time of 1.44.768.  The opening day of action saw frequent rain showers dampen the Montmelo circuit and a cloudburst during the early 125cc practice session meant the second MotoGP session got underway on a damp track.

The track dried rapidly and with just over 15 minutes remaining, the field switched to slick tires and lap times significantly improved with the better conditions. Edwards had completed one run on slick rubber when he switched bikes and was an out lap when he crashed at Turn 5. He landed heavily and was immediately attended to by trackside marshals before being transferred to the Medical Centre, where further checks revealed he suffered a broken right collarbone.

Edwards was later taken to the Dexeus Institute Hospital in Barcelona, where he will undergo surgery performed by Dr Xavier Mir, who has previously treated Dani Pedrosa and Jorge Lorenzo.

Herve Poncharal – Team Manager:

“Unfortunately Colin has broken his right collarbone and this is a big shame for him and for the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team because we were confident he was going to be very strong and competitive this weekend.  Colin has been superb so far this season and he has shown that even when t he competition is probably stronger than ever in MotoGP, he is still one of the fastest out there. It looks like he paid a heavy price for a very small mistake. He landed heavily on his shoulder and it was clear from the TV pictures that he was in a lot of pain. He will have an operation tomorrow morning, so we should have a clearer idea of how long the recovery process will be later this weekend. The important thing now is that he rests and recovers as quickly as he possibly can. We wish him a fast recovery and hope that it is not too long before we see him back in the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team garage.”

Press release courtesy of Monster Yamaha Tech 3

MotoGP, 2011, GRAN PREMI APEROL DE CATALUNYA, Colin Edwards, Monster Yamaha Tech 3

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