We introduced you to Scott Redding a couple of months ago, suggesting the Moto2 points leader could be moving on to MotoGP next year at the tender age of 21 (he is currently 20) to take up the fight against rookie phenom Marc Marquez (Honda). Earlier today, it was announced that Redding is in fact riding a MotoGP bike next year, having signed a two-year deal with Gresini Honda that will see him spend year one aboard the new, production Honda RCV1000R, before an expected move in year two to a full prototype, full factory Honda (on par with the Repsol machines).
Redding currently has a 21 point lead in the Moto2 championship while riding for the Marc VDS team. Interestingly, he is frequently getting the better of Pol Espargaro, who is also moving to MotoGP with the Tech 3 Yamaha team as Cal Crutchlow’s replacement. As previously reported, Crutchlow is moving to the Factory Ducati squad next year as Nicky Hayden’s replacement.
If you watched Marquez battle Espargaro in Moto2 last year, you could conclude that Redding will be capable of performing at a high level in MotoGP. The big question mark for Redding in his rookie year is the performance of the new sub-factory Honda machine.