MotoGP: Scott Redding signs MotoGP 125 deal
23 October 2007 12:47
Fourteen-year-old Gloucestershire schoolboy Scott Redding has clinched a three-year deal with the Spanish-based BQR Blusens Aprilia world championship team.
He will become the team’s number one rider in the 2008 and 2009 MotoGP 125 World Championship and has an option on the third year to progress to the MotoGP 250 class.
Scott Redding was originally going to continue in the Spanish national series for the team again in 2008 whilst gaining experience in selected wildcard MotoGP rides but the team have been so impressed with his progress that they’ve decided to scrap that idea and run him full-time in MotoGPs.
Scott Redding won the recent Spanish round at Albacete after all previous team orders restricting him from beating team-mate Stefan Bradl were dispensed with.
With Stefan Bradl moving on to another team next year, Scott Redding will be partnered by a Spanish rider who is yet to be confirmed.
Scott Redding commented "It's what I've always dreamed of and my next goal is to win the 2008 125GP rookie of the year award."
With the way he has been riding this year that might not be too ambitious. Scott Redding has only ridden a bike when he has raced in the limited Spanish national rounds yet his ability to learn circuits in very few laps has stunned everyone.
He’ll certainly be put to the test as he will ride 13 circuits that will be all new to him with only the three Spanish round circuits and Donington being familiar to him.
Roger Keys of FAB-Racing, Scott Redding's management company, added: "We’re pleased that Scott has signed for BQR Blusens Aprilia.
“During this season he has gelled well with the whole team, their professional approach can only be an asset early in his GP career".