Prior to his save, the Yamaha Tech 3 rider has already run through the gravel trap after missing his braking point, but it was what happened when he went into turn one 'too hot' that left the Jerez fans cheering with delight...

"It was very, very eventful to say the least," smiled Colin after the session. "I was in the gravel once, somehow saved myself from crashing at the first corner and still managed to get on the front row.

"I started the session with a rear tyre that had a few laps on it but with a new front. But a few laps in the bike didn't feel perfect. I came in and put a new rear in and I just got a little bit carried away. I started pushing and obviously got into turn one too hot," he said of his 'fall'.

"It went, came back, went away again and I thought I was down. I tried to dig my elbow in but it kept going so I kind of lifted my arm up and pulled it up on the handlebars. And it came back somehow. The crowd loved it anyway. I've done it a few times but this is the first time it has been caught on camera," added the Texan, who acknowledged the fans with a wave as he rode away from the incident.

Edwards eventually qualified 0.765secs behind factory Yamaha rider Jorge Lorenzo, but just 0.165secs from Dani Pedrosa, as he repeated his Qatar front row.

"This is my second front row and I'm ready for the race. My pace for the race was a bit better this morning when it was a bit cooler, but we are still looking good," he declared.