Colin Edwards Passed Fit To Race At Silverstone

What failed at Catalunya has succeeded at Silverstone: Colin Edwards turned up at the Silverstone medical center for a fitness check, and this time, was passed fit to race. The collarbone which he broke at Barcelona this time was sufficiently healed for the Monster Tech 3 Yamaha rider to race, the circuit doctors judged. Edwards does not expect to be competitive at Silverstone, but is hoping just to score some points for the team.

Edwards' return once again raises yet more question marks over the absence of Dani Pedrosa. The Spaniard is once again missing from the MotoGP paddock at Silverstone, and rumors surrounding his injury continue to circulate through the paddock, while spokespersons tell the media that Pedrosa will return as soon as he is happy with his fitness.

Below is the Monster Tech 3 Yamaha press release:

Colin Edwards declared fit for Silverstone

Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team rider Colin Edwards will participate in this weekend's British Grand Prix at the world famous Silverstone circuit having passed a medical assessment on his right shoulder today.

The 37-year-old missed last weekend's Gran Premi Aperol di Catalunya after breaking his right collarbone in a practice crash at the Montmelo circuit.

The American had a titanium plate and 13 screws inserted in the shoulder during a three-hour operation performed by Dr Xavier Mir and Dr Victor Marlet at the USP Institut Universitari Dexeus last Saturday.

He was unable to race in Montmelo and saw his ph enomenal record of never missing a MotoGP race since his debut in 2003 ended after 141 successive appearances.

But he will compete in round six of the 2011 MotoGP World Championship at Silverstone having been given the all-clear by circuit medical staff following the a thorough assessment of his shoulder this afternoon.

Colin Edwards:

"I was confident I would get through the medical and now I'm just looking forward to the weekend and being back on track with the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team. The shoulder feels fantastic and I can't thank Dr Xavier Mir and his staff enough because without them I wouldn't be in a position to even consider riding. I know it is not going to be an easy weekend because there are some fast changes of direction and hard braking at Silverstone, but I'm confident I can do a good job and bring home some points for the Team."

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Great news for Tornado fans everywhere. Hope he can manage a decent race but any position will be amazing.

Hes one tough dude. Hope he can manage his usual "colourful" post-race interview also

Man, first it was Cal with the ground down pinky and now it's CE with the collarbone, these two teammates scores big points and make Tech 3 toughest MotoGP team this year!

I'm hoping CE will be ahead of Toni.

As a coincidence I had a plate installed on my broken collarbone yesterday from a recent crash and cannot believe how quickly CE is returning! The doc I had recommended 6-8 weeks before returning to the track but that may be based on liability etc. Good for him, glad he'll be back so soon.

It also begs the question of what happened to Pedrosa. Either he re-injured the area or perhaps just takes longer to heal?

CE wants to get back on the track ASAP, he would have been happy to do a couple of laps and pull in and at Silverstone there is a chance to get a point for finishing last and every point helps for Tech3. Dani wants to race to win, circulating at the back holds no interest for him so he wants to be at 100% before he comes back, which I hope is sooner rather than later.


I would have thought the opposite actually, every point counts for Pedrosa not CE. Championships have been won and lost by the few points that could be had by an 11th or 12th place finish. And, it's way too early in the season to say he's out of contention. Stoner or Lorenzo could also have a run of bad luck putting him in the driver's seat once again.

And in several interviews has already written this championship off. With this high level of competition having 2+ DNFs will be hard to overcome. Add to this the psychological effect of now having the same injury that gave him so much trouble last year I can imagine he does not want to attempt a comeback until he is at 101%.