The Moto2 Championship is one of the most hard-fought race series around. It produced Honda’s Marc Marquez, known for his “never give an inch” attitude and aggressiveness. There is another rider in Moto2 this year that might make the leap to MotoGP next year and impress his competitors from Day 1. Scott Redding.
Redding is a 20 year old from the UK with national and international racing experience seemingly beyond his years. He was Rookie of the Year in the 125 cc GP category back in 2008 while in his mid-teens. After moving to Moto2 in 2010, he initially had some teething problems (at least partly due to chassis issues) before becoming a regular at the front. This year he already has two wins and a healthy lead in the points after 6 rounds.
Redding’s manager stated last week that there is already one “firm offer” for Redding to move to MotoGP in 2014. His Moto2 team, Marc VDS, may make the move with him. Although the identity of the team making the “firm offer” is unknown, at least one other MotoGP squad (rumored to be Ducati) is very interested in Redding.
Redding’s performance in Moto2 is all the more impressive when you consider he is a relatively big fellow at 155 pounds … roughly 20 pounds heavier than his average competitor. Pol Espargaro weighs 136 pounds for instance. The huge horsepower in MotoGP should erase any disadvantage for Redding.
Redding cut his teeth in his early teens racing two strokes in the Spanish Championship, before becoming the youngest rider in history to win a Grand Prix race (15 years, 170 days old). With that pedigree, the youngster won’t be shy about elbowing his way through the field next year on a MotoGP bike. Keep an eye on him.