Redding lands MotoGP ride with Gresini
30 August 2013 – Scott Redding will graduate to the premier class of motorcycle racing next season after signing a two-year MotoGP agreement with Honda's satellite Gresini squad.
The Briton, 20, currently leads the Moto2 championship by 21 points, having notched up two victories and a further four podium finishes from the opening 10 Grands Prix.
Álvaro Bautista will stay on and partner Redding, with Gresini returning to two bikes.
"I am looking forward to the challenge of MotoGP next season," Redding said of his move to the top echelon. "I'll be racing alongside the best riders in the world, aboard the brand new Honda, 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 Gresini."
Redding added: "My focus now is on winning the Moto2 World Championship for [team boss] 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 is the third British rider confirmed on the 2014 MotoGP grid; Cal Crutchlow moves to the factory Ducati squad, while Bradley Smith remains at Tech 3 Yamaha.