2012 MotoGP Championship
Last season while competing on the Monster Tech 3 Yamaha team, the American Colin Edwards broke his left shoulder during practice for Catalunya MotoGP.
The injury caused the Texan to miss the first race in a string of 141 successive GP starts since debuting in 2003. Edwards healed, and finished the rest of the season out before making his move to the NGM Forward Racing Team (CRT) for 2012.
Edwards began the 2012 MotoGP season off well, taking the top CRT (Claiming Rules Team) at Qatar (12th), but had some issues at Jerez, finishing 16th.
Edwards was looking for redemption at Estoril, but couldn’t get the Suter-framed/BMW-powered NGM Forward Racing Team CRT to perform well. And things got worse; at qualifying for Estoril, Edwards was involved in a crash with Power Electronics Aspar CRT rider Randy de Puniet.
Edwards again landing on his left side, breaking his left shoulder. The injury caused Edwards to miss Estoril MotoGP.
But on Monday, Edwards underwent successful surgery at the Insitituto Universitario DEXEUS in Barcelona.
Javier Mir, M.D. says: “The MotoGP rider Colin Edwards was operated for a fracture on his left clavicle, the bone was broken in five pieces and required the insertion of a titanium plate with ten screws. The surgery performed was successful and he will be able to begin rehabilitation/physical therapy within a week.”
Now it’s a matter of healing; Edwards is expected to be out until the Catalunya MotoGP June 2. As for the French Grand Prix at Le Mans May 20, the Australian Chris Vermeulen will ride in Edwards place.
While recovering, Edwards has been sending out many Tweets, including one to Vermeulen that states: “Hey CV, it’s a pleasure having u step in at LeMans. Have fun & feel free to find a few seconds for us ;)).”