Scott Redding poised for new Moto2 deal

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Scott Redding is poised to sign a new Moto2 deal for 2011.

The Gloucestershire rider was close to agreeing terms for a new deal with the Marc VDS Racing squad prior to his stunning maiden Moto2 podium last weekend in baking hot conditions at Indianapolis.

The Belgian-based squad are poised to make the 17-year-old an official offer in Misano this weekend to keep him on board its Suter chassis Moto2 bike.

An announcement could be made during this weekend’s Misano clash with Redding also claiming a brilliant front row start at the world famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Team boss and former factory Kawasaki chief Michael Bartholemy said: “He is our number one guy. We want to keep him and give him a second year.”

Redding told MCN: “I love the team and I have some great guys working with me. They have really helped me develop as a rider and last weekend’s podium in Indianapolis showed how much progress I’m making.

"It is looking good for next year and that’s an awesome feeling for me when I think back to last year and I didn’t have a ride until the end of December.

"The Marc VDS Racing squad gave me a chance and I’m grateful for that. Hopefully now I’ve got one podium I can get a few more to repay the faith they showed in me.”

Bartholemy hasn’t yet revealed the identity of his second rider but he’s held lengthy talks with World Supersport contender Eugene Laverty.

He’s also expressed interest in Bradley Smith, who is desperate to secure a switch to Moto2 next season.

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Matthew Birt

By Matthew Birt