Though rumoured to be for a long time Scott Redding’s contract with the Gresini MotoGP team were announced this morning.
The British rider, who will be hoping for a strong showing this weekend in his home Grand Prix at Silverstone, will be riding the new Honda production racer for Gresini and replacing Bryan Staring in the squad.
The 20-year-old’s two year deal starts with Honda’s production racer (tested by former World champion Casey Stoner) – a low cost version of the RC213V, and will not have pneumatic valves or seamless transmission, but is allowed more fuel and more engines and will use the Magneti Marelli spec ECU.
Redding stated:“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 production racer, 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. My focus for 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.”
Team boss Fausto Gresini added: “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, 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.”
Redding’s adaptation to MotoGP™ machinery will begin as soon as the current season comes to a close in Valencia.
Ahead of Silverstone the Marc VDS man leads Moto2™ by 21 points from Spain’s Pol Espargaro, who will also move to the premier class in 2014 with Monster Yamaha Tech3.