Briton Scott Redding to race in MotoGP in 2014
Last Updated: 29/08/13 5:51pm
Scott Redding: Will ride in the MotoGP series next year
Briton Scott Redding will ride in the MotoGP series next year after signing a two-year contract with Gresini Honda.
The 20-year-old will move up to the elite class from the Moto2 championship which he currently leads by 21 points following two race wins this season.
Redding burst on the scene at the age of 15 when his victory in the 2008 British 125cc Grand Prix secured him a place in the history books as the youngest ever rider to win a Grand Prix.
"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."
Gresini team boss Fausto Gresini said: "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."