Finishing on the MotoGP podium as a satellite rider is hard enough, but doing it just a week after breaking a collarbone is barely believable.
Yet that's exactly what Colin Edwards
did at Silverstone on Sunday, when the American overcame his injury to master the soaking wet conditions and take the first rostrum by a non-factory rider this year.
Edwards had broken his collarbone just nine days earlier, during Friday afternoon practice for the Catalan Grand Prix, and undergone surgery to have a plate fitted the following day.
Incredibly, Edwards qualified eighth on the 15-rider grid in the dry at Silverstone, but the race-day downpour helped reduced the physical strain on his injuries.
Seventh for the first two laps, Edwards then overtook fellow Americans Nicky Hayden
and Ben Spies, before mistakes by Jorge Lorenzo
and Marco Simoncelli put him into third at the halfway stage of the 20 laps.
But there was no chance to back off as Hayden put on a late rostrum charge, the factory Ducati rider setting the fastest lap of the race as he tried to hunt down the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider.
Edwards responded with his best lap of the race, good enough for third overall and just 0.1sec behind the best lap by race winner Casey Stoner, and remained several seconds clear of Hayden at the line.
“That was an unbelievable race and to finish on the podium feels amazing," said the 37-year-old. "I was happy to qualify eighth but never in a million years did I think I'd be on the podium just over a week after breaking my collarbone.
"I need to thank Dr Xavier Mir for the repair job he did on my shoulder and also my guys at Monster Yamaha Tech 3 because they gave me a phenomenal bike today. My shoulder felt great and it was the muscle damage around my ribs that caused me the most pain.