Motorcycle Racing News MotoGP Scott Redding Signs with Aprilia for 2018 MotoGP

Scott Redding Signs with Aprilia for 2018 MotoGP

Scott Redding and Aprilia Racing Team Gresini

Last week, Octo Pramac Racing Ducati signed Jack Miller. The Australian joins Danilo Petrucci for 2018 MotoGP.

This left current Pramac pilot Scott Redding without a ride in 2018 MotoGP.  But paddock chatter began, and the Brit allegedly was in talks with Aprilia Racing.

Scott Redding, MotoGP, Aprilia Racing, Redding to Aprilia for 2018 MotoGP
Scott Redding aboard Pramac Racing Ducati

These rumors were confirmed Monday when Aprilia Racing announced it has signed Redding for the 2018 season. The 24-year-old will join Aleix Esparagaro aboard the other factory RS-GP.

“Scott is a rider who, in spite of his young age, has significant experience in MotoGP. We are pleased to have him join our project and we think that his talent and the continued growth of the RS-GP will allow the team and him to achieving important results,” says Romano Albesiano, Aprilia Racing Manager.

“Our bike has grown consistently, race after race. The goal to battle stably in the top ten has been more than achieved. And while further steps in technical development are on their way already this season, with this agreement with Scott, we are preparing for next season. Aprilia will be at the starting line with a pair of quality riders that have interesting potential. Aleix is demonstrating more and more that he is a high quality rider and a guarantee for the team. With Scott’s contribution, we expect that the team’s work will bring Aprilia even closer to the top of the championship, into the positions that such a glorious brand deserves to occupy.

“At the same time, we bid Sam Lowes farewell, certainly thanking him for his commitment and efforts during this, his rookie season in MotoGP, and for the contribution he has made to the team’s growth. He is a rider who will doubtless be able to express his talent, but right now we must make choices that allow us to fulfill our commitments to the Piaggio Group and our fans. We will continue to work together with the efforts we have always made so that he can have a good season finale and we wish Sam all the best for his career in the future.”

Redding, 24, joined the World Championship in 2008, competing in the former 125 cc class aboard an Aprilia. During his rookie year, Redding claimed victory at his home GP in Donington.

He moved to Moto2 in 2010, where he remained for four years, claiming 11 podiums, including three wins. He moved to the premier class in 2014, earning a best finish of third at Misano in 2015, and Assen in 2016.

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling.

2020 Indian Scout Bobber Twenty Review (10 Fast Facts)

Indian Motorcycle is definitely getting the most out of its Scout platform. For 2020, there are no less than five members of the Scout...

Inside the Given Redshift Custom Motorcycle: Exclusive Designer Interview

“At the age of 12, I completely disassembled my father’s moped engine to understand where was happening the miracle. I still haven’t found it.”...

2020 Glendale Supercross Results and Coverage: Roczen Sweeps

It was a clean sweep for Ken Roczen at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., as he won the first Triple Crown race in...

2020 Kawasaki Ninja 650 Review (14 Fast Facts)

The middleweight sport category is one of the most hotly contested segments in the motorcycle industry. Situated as motorcycles capable of doing a little...

25 of the Best Retro Motorcycles For Under $10k (2020 Models)

Although going retro can be expensive when buying a new motorcycle, there are plenty of excellent wallet- and credit-friendly choices in the visually appealing...

Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle 131 Crate Engine Unveiled for Tourers

Harley-Davidson has unveiled its newest Screamin' Eagle crate engine - one that makes the popular 120R crate motor seem small in size. Meet the Screamin'...