Redding fulfils dream to earn crack at best riders in the business
SCOTT Redding's dream to ride in MotoGP has become a reality after the Quedgeley Race ace signed a two-year-deal to ride for Honda Gresini.
The 20-year-old former Severn Vale School pupil is the current leader of the Moto2 series and will be racing in his home Grand Prix at Silverstone this weekend.
His fine form in the second tier of the sport has prompted speculation for the last six months that a ride in the elite MotoGP class was on the horizon.
And now after tests with Italian giants Ducatti, Redding, who now lives in Zurich, has penned a two-year deal to ride for the Japanese team on their new production racer.
Delighted to be making the step up to race against the best in the world, Redding said the news would not alter him from his goal of winning the Moto2 GP world championship.
"I am looking forward to the challenge of MotoGP next season," Redding said. "I'll be racing alongside the best riders in the world so I know already how steep a learning curve it's going to be.
"This was why it was so important to me that I made this step with an experienced team, and there are few more experienced in the MotoGP paddock than Team GO&FUN Honda Gresini.
"But my focus now is on winning the Moto2 World Championship for Marc van der Straten, without whose support over the past four years I wouldn't even have been given this opportunity to move up to the premier class."
Redding will begin testing the new RCV1000R for Team GO&FUN Honda Gresini at the end of the current Moto2 season, team owner Fausto Gresini said he was looking forward to working with the rising star.
Marking the Gloucester-born star out as a possible World Champion of the future, Gresini is keen to see how Redding develops in his first year among the big boys.
"I'm delighted to be able to work with a young talent like Scott Redding," Gresini said.
"We have signed a two-year contract together, with the clear aim of building an ambitious project that should see him develop and be taken to the pinnacle of MotoGP.
"Scott has already shown that he has a lot of quality and so we are proud to welcome him into our team. We cannot wait to begin working with him; his riding style is great to watch, as is his approach to racing."