MotoGP's worst-kept secret - the latest in a very, very long line of badly-kept secrets - is finally out. As had been widely reported, Gresini Honda finally confirmed that they have signed a two-year deal with Scott Redding to race in MotoGP. Redding will race the Honda production racer for the 2014 season, with the plan being that Redding will move up to ride the factory RC213V at Gresini the following year.
The deal sees Redding placed in Gresini with strong support from HRC. Redding's main mission in his first season will be to learn to use the Bridgestone tires and acclimatize in the premier class on the production racer, before moving up to the factory bike in the Gresini team to start challenging for podiums and perhaps even wins. Due to Redding's strong backing from HRC, the current Moto2 championship leader has avoided the fate of Alvaro Bautista of being a Nissin and Showa test rider, and will race with the industry standard Brembo and Ohlins.
With Redding confiirmed at Gresini, attention now shifts to the NGM Forward team, and their wealth of choices of who to place on the Yamahas they will be racing in 2014. News on that front is unlikely to come at Silverstone, those decisions perhaps being moved forward to Misano.
Below is the official press release from Gresini Honda:
SCOTT REDDING AND GO&FUN HONDA GRESINI TOGETHER FOR TWO YEARS
Scott Redding will ride a Honda RCV1000R for Team GO&FUN Honda Gresini next season, after signing a two-year agreement that will see the promising young British rider on-board the Japanese factory’s new ‘production racer’. For Team GO&FUN Honda Gresini it is an exciting moment to be developing a MotoGP project with a young rider who has such a great deal of both talent and personality. The intense period of acclimatisation to the MotoGP bike will begin as soon as the current championship comes to a close.
Fausto Gresini - “I’m delighted to be able to work with a young talent like Scott Redding. 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.”
Scott Redding - “I am looking forward to the challenge of MotoGP next season. I’ll be racing alongside the best riders in the world, aboard the brand new Honda RCV1000R, 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.”
Bruno Bollini, GO&FUN President - “I'm really happy that we have signed the deal with Scott Redding. We couldn't have chosen a better rider. I've been following him closely over the past couple of seasons and I think he's a great talent and represents the future of motorcycling. He is young, fast and full of energy. His riding style along with his own 'trendy' look mean he fits in perfectly with the GO&FUN message; energy, adrenaline, intelligence and enjoyment. I am certain that 2014 will be a fantastic season results-wise, and that Redding will be a positive addition to the success of Team GO&FUN Honda Gresini.”
Born: Quedgeley (England)
DOB: 4th January 1993
Weight: 74 Kg.
Height: 184 cm.
The young British rider won the National MiniGP Championship in 2004 on a Metrakit, and then took part in the Calypso Cup 80cc, winning himself a spot in the Red Bull MotoGP Academy in 2006. Redding began racing on a 125 in the CEV Buckler Spanish Championship, finishing second in 2007 and earning the opportunity to move up to the world championship. In 2008 Redding became the youngest-ever rider to win a GP (15 years and 170 days) when he won his home race at Donington Park, finishing the season in 11th place and as Rookie of the Year. In 2009 he continued with Blusens Aprilia but bad luck and mechanical problems meant he only took one more podium (again at Donington). In 2010 he stepped up to Moto2 and results were quick to come as he took two podiums in his debut year. In 2011 he may only have been 15th in the standings, but after moving onto the Kalex in 2012 his real potential began to shine as he took a further four podium finishes and challenged for wins regularly. Redding is currently leader of the Moto2 World Championship in 2013 after taking two victories and four other podiums this season.