Scott Redding's future at Gresini may be in doubt but the Englishman put aside his concerns with a superb performance on the opening day of practice at Silverstone, setting the sixth fastest time, 1.2s slower than Marc Marquez.

Rookie Redding, riding the Open Honda entry for Gresini, is being linked with a number of moves at present with Gresini struggling to raise the budget for 2015. But on a blustery opening day at his home British GP Redding continued to impress and was once again faster than his team-mate, Alvaro Baustista, on the Factory RC213V.

Speaking exclusively to Crash.net Redding assessed his performance:

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"I think that today was more track temperature related and the wind is a big factor, it makes it inconsistent and it caught me out a couple of times. It's a difficult circuit to learn and having wind changing all the time makes it a little bit difficult. Our lap times in the beginning weren't bad and even though I used the hardest tyre we have I was still in the top ten.

"The hard tyre wasn't bad and we could make a lap time so I knew that when we put in the soft one that at a minimum I'd find half a second so that's good for the lap time and at my home GP I feel more comfortable and relaxed and today I think that I took another step with the bike with more confidence and feeling more comfortable today."

Redding won last year's Moto2 race at Silverstone but adapting to riding at his home circuit on a MotoGP proved to be difficult with the change in style requiring a more aggressive approach than he expected:

"There's a big difference compared to the Moto2 bike and it's quite a demanding circuit with changes of direction. The last corner is amazing and I was struggling there and closing the front. But I said to my crew chief that I just had to go in there with the gas and try and turn with the rear but when you're making 130 or 140 in fifth gear and trying to slide the rear it's quite intense! I enjoyed it out there and was alone, no-one following me or in front, just doing the laps."