Dani Pedrosa struggled on the opening day of practice for the British MotoGP at Silverstone as the Spanish rider encountered grip issues on the Repsol Honda.

Pedrosa, who ended team-mate Marc Marquez's unbeaten winning streak this season at Brno in the Czech Republic, completed the day in ninth place.

His fastest lap of 2m 03.410s was 1.284s down on Marquez, although there is only 0.215s between Yonny Hernandez (Pramac Ducati) in fifth and Forward Yamaha's Pol Espargo in 12th place on the time sheets.

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"Overall, today was a difficult day," Pedrosa said. "I was struggling with grip in general today and after a few laps everything starts to feel not right.

"We tried some things on the bike that didn't help us today and we will now try some ideas for tomorrow to make the bike work better at this track.

"The asphalt is changing corner by corner and you can feel the difference with the grip especially, but if we can get some more track temperature and a little idea on the chassis setting, then maybe we can make the tyre work better," he added.

"When you have a high-speed track like this you have to go [with a] hard setting normally. Today we didn't have an answer but we have now some ideas and when the tyre itself is gripping more on the ground then everything else on the bike is working better.

"I think most of the riders were struggled with the same situation and with the long straights many of the Open class riders with the softer tyre were in the same times as the factory bikes," Pedrosa said. "I hope we can do something to help get more grip on track."

Asked on whether his victory at Brno, which brought team-mate Marquez's 10-race winning streak to an end, had give him more impetus to push harder, Pedrosa said: "I always push, it's not that this [beating Marquez] makes a difference, but basically it's a good thing for the team, my mechanics and all my family and friends.

"It's not that it's a relief, it's more satisfaction because we worked hard and finally we did it."