Colin Edwards breaks collarbone

UPDATE Colin Edwards underwent successful surgery on his broken left collarbone in Barcelona's Insitituto Universitario DEXEUS hospital on Monday afternoon following his crash in qualifying for the Portuguese Grand Prix. The American had a plate and screws fitted by regular MotoGP surgeon Dr Javier Mir, who also operated on Edwards when he broke his other collarbone in a crash at Catalunya last June.

"Doctor Mir and his team have done a great job," said Edwards. "They were the ones that took care of me the last time. The surgery was really quick. I'm feeling great, still a little dizzy from the anesthesia but feeling all right. They put a block on the side of my neck so it's feeling a little numb.

"I'm here watching TV and tweeting. Just want to let everyone know I'm OK!"

Edwards' collarbone was broken in multiple places in the crash, which happened when Randy de Puniet fell while passing him and slid into the American's Suter-BMW at speed.

"The bone was broken in five pieces and required the insertion of a titanium plate with 10 screws," Dr Mir explained. "The surgery performed was successful and he will be able to begin rehabilitation/physical therapy within a week."

05/05/12 Colin Edwards was involved in a crash this afternoon during the qualifying session with Randy De Puniet. Luckily for the French man he was able to walk away from the incident and has been declared “fit to race".

After the crash Colin Edwards was taken to the Circuits clinic and was taken care of by Dr. Sarmiento and his team. He was under observation after the accident and has finally been release to leave the clinic.

Unfortunately the American rider was not so lucky and will have to fly tomorrow to Barcelona in order to have surgery on his left collarbone. The surgery will most likely be performed by Dr. Javier Mir on Monday.

Kornelis Veldeman – Crew Chief
“We solved a few problems that we had this morning. We did a few laps on old tires and when we changed to the news tires. With the old tires he already improved the lap time from the fasted one he made this morning. The bike seemed to feel good for him and its just a shame to finish the weekend like this with such an unfortunate crash."

Marco Curioni – Managing Director
“Our main concern is Colin’s wellbeing. We are hoping he will have surgery performed on Monday by Dr. Javier Mir in Barcelona and this is our main concern. The only positive outcome of today would be that the difficulties encountered during this morning’s free practice were solved and during qualifying unfortunately he wasn’t able to get in his fast lap."

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