Colin Edwards has undergone successful surgery to plate the broken right collarbone he suffered in a crash during second free practice at Catalunya on Friday.
A plate and seven screws was inserted to stabilise the injury, during an operation at the the USP Institut Universitari Dexeus of Barcelona this (Saturday) morning.
Edwards will remain under observation in hospital for the next 24 to 48 hours. The 37-year-old is said to be in good spirits and planning a return to the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team at the earliest opportunity.
"Colin had his operation this morning in Barcelona and I am pleased to report that it was a routine procedure and everything went very well," said team manager Herve Poncharal. "Although he was in quite a lot of pain yesterday, the only positive is that the injury was a clean break without any complications, so we are confident the recovery will be a quick process and we will see Colin back on track very soon.
"We are still obviously very sorry for what happened to Colin but he is already back to being the Colin we know and love, laughing and joking with staff at the hospital, so we hope to see him back in the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 family very soon."
The collarbone injury ends Edwards' proud record of starting 141 consecutive races since his MotoGP debut back in 2003.
Rookie team-mate Cal Crutchlow will start Sunday's race from sixth place.