Colin Edwards To Miss Final MotoGP Round At Valencia

Colin Edwards is to miss the final round of MotoGP at Valencia. The Monster Tech 3 Yamaha rider is to go undergo surgery to repair the shoulder he damaged in the accident that fatally injured Marco Simoncelli, and he will not be fit to ride at what would have been his last outing for the team.

The injuries Edwards sustained are also a blow to the NGM Forward Racing team: Edwards was due to start testing the BMW-powered Suter at the Valencia test on the Tuesday and Wednesday after the final MotoGP race, but that will now also be impossible. Instead, Edwards will be recovering from surgery to fix the cartilage in his shoulder which was damaged in the crash at Sepang. The good news for Edwards is that he did not fracture his wrists or heel in the crash, which the Texan had feared he cracked in the fall. Edwards is said to be recovering well from the crash, despite his injuries.

There is no news of a replacement for Edwards at the moment, but the Monster Tech 3 Yamaha team are almost certain to have someone ride the Texan's bike. With Simoncelli's bike to be understandably vacant, though on display for the fans at Valencia, and Ben Spies and Jorge Lorenzo also not yet confirmed as participating, the grid at Valencia threatens to be dangerously small.

Below is the press release from the Monster Tech 3 Yamaha team:

Colin Edwards Injury Update

Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team rider Colin Edwards is recovering well from injuries sustained in the tragic accident that claimed the life of popular Italian rider Marco Simoncelli in Sepang last weekend.

The 37-year-old though will not be fit to ride his YZR-M1 machine in next weekend's Valencia MotoGP round, as he requires surgery on a left arm injury that resulted from a three-rider incident on the second lap of the Malaysian Grand Prix.

Edwards was assessed by orthopedic specialist Dr Henry Small at the University General Hospital in Houston on Wednesday and it was confirmed he has multiple small fractures to the top of his left humerus bone, which connects the shoulder to the elbow.

There is also damage to the cartilage around the tip of the humerus bone, which will require surgery next Tuesday. With a four-week recovery period, Edwards will not be able to take part in the Valencia race on November 6, which was due to be his final appearance for the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team.

Edwards also suffered severe bruising and swelling to both wrists and right heel in the accident, but additional checks at the University General Hospital showed no fractures.

The Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team is currently considering replacement options for the Valencia round and an announcement will be made at the earliest opportunity.

Colin Edwards:

"Firstly, I want to thank everybody for all their messages of support since Sunday. The support and love has been overwhelming and it has been a great comfort to me at this difficult time. My heart goes out to the family and friends of Marco and I will miss him a lot, as will the entire MotoGP family. I watched Marco's funeral yesterday and I really wish I could have been there. I wanted to go but unfortunately my injuries meant I was unable to travel. I know Valentino spoke to Marco's family on my behalf and I thank him for that. It was a great service and a fitting celebration of his life. I also wanted to be in Valencia next week to give my support to MotoGP, but it is not going to be possible because of the surgery I need on my left arm. The top of my left humerus bone has got multiple small fractures but the cartilage that is around the top of the bone has been pulled off. The surgery will anchor the cartilage back to the bone but there is no nerve damage, so I should be 100 per cent in about four weeks."

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Will Tech 3 replace him?

the grid for the last race appears to be extremely thin now :(

I think Motogp will take a long time to recover from the Loss of SIC , I thought he was the future of MotoGP .


Josh Hayes?!? Mr I don't need traction control to ride a bike. I don't think he would fit on an 800cc motogp bike at all. Too bad Eugene and Marco are signed to new teams I would love to see one of them on the bike.

How do those first two sentences have to do with anything? Stoner uses less traction control than probably any other rider and look at what he did this year.

Sorry to hear Colin's not going out but hopefully his CRT team will be good next year.

Yamaha simply need to man up. Put Chaz Davies on Lorenzo's bike and Tommy Hill on Colin's. Reward your riders when they perform! You don't need to put a sensible man (test riders) on those bikes as they are not needed next year. Chaz is world class and has been on the GP grid before, Tommy Hill beat Hopkins (just..) and we consider Hopkins a GP rider.

What am I missing, isn't it obvious?

Heal up, Colin! You've been a special personality and person your entire career and we LOVE YA! We're all excitted to see you next year for the start of a new 'turn' in Moto GP w/the CRT bikes.

I don't know about Tommy Hill, but Chaz is a Ducati rider now, so that won't work...

There are some riders in Moto2 that have experience from 800's, not sure it they will want to do just one race, given that chances to show anything spectacular are quite slim.

Josh Hayes is supposed to be in Valencia to ride the Tech 3 bike at the test on Monday...a gift to him for winning his second AMA Superbike championship.

It just makes sense since he's already supposed to be there to ride it.