Marc VDS Racing & Scott Redding
The Marc VDS Racing Team, which currently competes in the Moto2 Championship with title contenders Esteve Rabat and Mika Kallio, will join the premier MotoGP class in 2015.
The news arrives after Marc VDS Racing Team reached an agreement with Honda Racing Corporation. The team will use a factory-spec Honda RC213V, and has signed current GO&FUN Honda Gresini pilot Scott Redding through 2016.
Redding is no stranger to Marc VDS Racing; the 21-year-old Brit rode with the team in Moto2 from 2010 – 2013. In 2013, Redding finished runner up in the Moto2 Championship.
Speaking of the move, Michael Bartholemy, Team Principal, says “I would like to say a big thank you to everyone that has helped us to achieve our aim of racing in the premier MotoGP class, with what is clearly the most competitive bike available.
“Without their help, and the continued support of Marc van der Straten, this move would have remained a dream for us, but now it is a reality. Obviously we are looking forward to welcoming Scott Redding back to the fold next year, but our focus for now must be on the Moto2 World Championship, which we are currently leading with both of our riders.”
Marc van der Straten, President of the Marc VDS Racing Team, says “It is a great honor to be associated with Honda at the very top level of two-wheeled motorsport, especially as we are a relatively new team to the Grand Prix paddock.
“But, while newcomers we may be, I think we have shown quite clearly that we are there to race and there to win, which I believe reflects Honda’s philosophy also. I am excited about this new project, especially as it means a return to the Marc VDS racing family of Scott Redding, with whom we enjoyed a long and successful association in Moto2.”