Scott Redding braced for MotoGP test debut

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Scott Redding is poised to kick off plans for a MotoGP future in Jerez later this week with the British rider set to test a BMW-powered Suter machine designed for new 1000cc rules in 2012.

The Gloucestershire rider is expected to complete a series of laps on the Suter project, which was unveiled in public for the first time back at the Misano Grand Prix in early September.

The bike features a chassis designed by Suter’s Swiss-based SRT company and features a modified BMW S1000RR motor.

The project is being readied in advance of a major rule change in MotoGP that will permit 1000cc four-strokes to compete in 2012.

Redding, who recently penned a new two-year deal with the Marc VDS Racing squad after a series of impressive Moto2 performances in 2010, could ride the bike on Thursday afternoon. If not, he is expected to make his first appearance on the bike on Friday.

Redding had a fantastic ending to 2010 and claimed podium finishes in Indianapolis and Phillip Island in the ultra-competitive Moto2 class.

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Matthew Birt

By Matthew Birt