2014 MotoGP Contract NewsScott Redding, the current Moto2 leader, has signed with GO&FUN Honda Gresini for the 2014-2015 MotoGP seasons.Redding, who joined the World Championship in 2008 in the former 125cc class, will compete in 2014 aboard Honda’s new “production racer,” the RCV1000R.
The Gresini team is excited about starting this new MotoGP project with the younger rider Redding.Fausto Gresini says: “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 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.”Scott Redding says: “I am looking forward to the challenge of MotoGP next season. I’ll be racing alongside the best riders in the world, aboard the brand new Honda RCV1000R, 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. But my focus 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.”Bruno Bollini, GO&FUN President, says: “I’m really happy that we have signed the deal with Scott Redding. 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.”Scott Redding Profile:The young British rider won the National MiniGP Championship in 2004 on a Metrakit, and then took part in the Calypso Cup 80cc, winning himself a spot in the Red Bull MotoGP Academy in 2006. Redding began racing on a 125 in the CEV Buckler Spanish Championship, finishing second in 2007 and earning the opportunity to move up to the world championship. In 2008 Redding became the youngest-ever rider to win a GP (15 years and 170 days) when he won his home race at Donington Park, finishing the season in 11th place and as Rookie of the Year. In 2009 he continued with Blusens Aprilia but bad luck and mechanical problems meant he only took one more podium (again at Donington). In 2010 he stepped up to Moto2 and results were quick to come as he took two podiums in his debut year. In 2011 he may only have been 15th in the standings, but after moving onto the Kalex in 2012 his real potential began to shine as he took a further four podium finishes and challenged for wins regularly. Redding is currently leader of the Moto2 World Championship in 2013 after taking two victories and four other podiums this season.
This week we ride two genre-departing motorcycles from the established American manufacturers. Jess McKinley gives us his thoughts on the all new Harley-Davidson Pan America Special, and Ron Lieback gives his on Indian’s latest version of the FTR 1200 S.