Just one week after having surgery to plate a broken collarbone at Catalunya, Colin Edwards qualified in eighth place for the British MotoGP at Silverstone.
In a session that saw Monster Yamaha Tech 3 team-mate Cal Crutchlow was eliminated from his home grand prix - also by a broken collarbone - 37-year-old Edwards braved the pain to claim a third row start.
"My shoulder feels pretty much perfect but my ribs are killing me and that's the biggest issue at the moment," revealed Edwards. "I feel worse physically than I did yesterday but when I crashed at Catalunya I pulled some of the muscle away from my ribs and I'm finding it hard to do anything.
"If I breathe, cough, sneeze or do anything it hurts. So on the bike I just don't have the strength I need to flick the bike in the fast changes of direction. I've got to take my time and be nice and smooth, but to get on the third row is a great result considering this time last week I was lying in a hospital in Barcelona with my right collarbone smashed to pieces.
"I'm feeling confident for the race but I know it is going to be a big effort. But I'll grit my teeth and do my best as always and show there's plenty of fight in this old dog. I was determined to ride this weekend for the Team."
Team manager Herve Poncharal was stunned by Edwards' performance.
"Colin has produced a super human effort to qualify on the third row and his courage and determination has been an inspiration to everybody in the whole Team," said the Frenchman.
"At one stage it looked like he might even finish in the top six, which would have been a great reward for him and his Team.”