Forward Racing's Moto2 rider Alex de Angelis has confirmed he will replace the team's injured MotoGP star Colin Edwards during Monday's test session at Estoril.

de Angelis, a former MotoGP podium finisher, has ridden the Suter-BMW CRT machine once before, during a private test at the end of April.

Edwards is expected to undergo surgery on Monday after suffering a broken collarbone in qualifying at Estoril, when he was hit by Randy de Puniet's fallen bike.

"I have accepted the team's offer to test on Colin's CRT tomorrow since he was injured after yesterday's crash and will not be able to ride at the test," said de Angelis.

"I know the team has many things to test and its with great honour that I have accepted the proposal because I think I can be useful.

"Even if my lap times will not anywhere close to Colin's, I still hope I can contribute to the development of the bike because I really think the team disserves it."

de Angelis, a former 250cc and Moto2 race winner, took his best Moto2 finish of the season with sixth at Estoril on Sunday.

Edwards will be aiming to return to MotoGP action at the forthcoming French MotoGP, from May 18-20.


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