As expected Scott Redding and the Gresini team have confirmed that they have a deal in place for the 20 year old Brit to ride for them for the next two seasons.
As was widely reported, the current Moto2 points leader will make the step up onto a new Honda production racer, replacing Bryan Staring, with a view to make the jump to a prototype machine in 2015.
“I am looking forward to the challenge of MotoGP next season,” said Redding.
“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.”
Redding will be riding the new Honda production racer. The customer bike is cheaper, toned down version of the RC213V that privateer teams can buy. The bike won’t have pneumatic valves or the seamless transmission, but as a non factory entry will be entitled to more fuel and more engines.
Team owner Fausto Gresini was obviously delighted with his recent capture. “I’m delighted to be able to work with a young talent like Scott Redding,” said the Italian.
“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.”
Title sponsor GO&FUN’s President, Bruno Bollini, was also delighted with the deal to get Redding endorsing his brand. “I’m really happy that we have signed the deal with Scott Redding,” said Bollini.
“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.”