Colin Edwards has broken his left collarbone in a crash during qualifying for the Portuguese MotoGP round at Estoril on Saturday. The NGM Forward rider was knocked off his bike in the latter part of qualifying practice, as he cruised around off the racing line. Randy de Puniet lost the front of his Power Electronics Aprilia machine, which slid along the track and hit Edwards' Suter BMW. Edwards fell heavily, suffering a mild concussion and injuring his collarbone in the fall. De Puniet was taken to the medical center, where he was diagnosed with bruising to his finger, and general soreness.
Edwards was taken to a local hospital for observation, where he was judged to be well enough to sleep in his own motorhome. He is expected to be flown to Barcelona tomorrow for surgery to fix the collarbone by Dr Mir, the same surgeon who operated on him after he broke his collarbone in a serious crash in Barcelona in 2011. With just two weeks until the next round of MotoGP at Le Mans, it is too early to say whether the Texan will race in France, though as Le Mans was one of the tracks where Edwards has historically been strong, he is sure to want to come back as soon as possible.