Amidst the outpouring of grief at the death of Marco Simoncelli, there was also concern at the fate of Colin Edwards and Valentino Rossi. Edwards and Rossi had been following right behind Simoncelli when the Italian lost control of his Honda and then careened in front of them, giving neither man any chance to avoid the collision that would prove fatal to Simoncelli. Edwards suffered a dislocated shoulder in the crash, and was flown home to Texas to receive further treatment for the injury.
After the crash, there were many questions about the mental state of Edwards and Rossi. Rossi's manager Davide Brivio was quick to deny rumors Rossi was considering retiring, and Colin Edwards posted an update to his fans on his Facebook page, assuring them that he was feeling mentally strong, if a little physically beat up. Edwards stated he may have fractured his wrists and heel in the accident, in addition to dislocating the shoulder, but he added he was "holding up OK mentally."
Below is the text posted on Edwards' Facebook page:
Thanks to everyone for ur support at this time :( Very sad to see a friend pass in any case. I'm holding up ok mentally, it was a very tragic accident :( Physically, besides a dislocated shoulder & ligaments involved, think both wrists & left heel have fractures too, getting X-rays on Wednesday. I feel sad for the whole MotoGP community right now, my heart is heavy for everyone affected, from family to fans. God speed my friend, u will be missed