Colin Edwards dislocates shoulder in Sepang crash

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American Colin Edwards suffered a dislocated left shoulder in the horrific crash that claimed the life of popular Honda rider Marco Simoncelli at Sepang yesterday.

Edwards and factory Ducati rider Valentino Rossi both struck Simoncelli after the Italian lost control of his Gresini Honda RC212V at Turn 11 on the second lap of the race.

Monster Yamaha Tech 3 team rider Edwards fell heavily from his YZR-M1 machine and dislocated his left shoulder.

He underwent lengthy treatment in the Sepang International Circuit’s medical centre before being released last night to fly home to Texas today (Monday).

Tech 3 team boss Herve Poncharal told MCN: "The pain was very bad but Colin was only thinking about Marco and how he was. I’m sure he realises there was nothing he could have done. You can see the replays that he did his best to turn away from Marco, but it was unavoidable."

A statement issued by the Tech 3 Team said: "The Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team and Tech 3 Racing Moto2 team extends its deepest condolences to the family, friends, and colleagues of Marco Simoncelli, who succumbed to injuries he received in this afternoon's Malaysian Grand Prix. Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider Colin Edwards was involved in the second lap incident and he suffered a dislocated left shoulder. The American has left the Sepang International Circuit to begin his recovery at home in America and his thoughts and prayers are with Simoncelli and the Gresini Honda family. RIP Super Sic - A much-loved star on and off the track."

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Matthew Birt

By Matthew Birt