Colin Edwards is undergoing surgery in Barcelona's Dexeus Institute Hospital today after sustaining a broken right collarbone in Catalunya practice on Friday.
The Tech 3 Yamaha rider crashed at Turn 5 on an out-lap during the damp second practice session, and will consequently miss a race for the first time in his MotoGP career. Team boss Herve Poncharal said Edwards' injury came as a particular blow because he had been in good form this season and was very optimistic about this weekend's race.
"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," said Poncharal. "Colin has been superb so far this season and he has shown that even when the 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.
"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."