Scott Redding has signed a new two-year with the Marc VDS Racing squad, MCN can reveal.
The highly rated Gloucestershire rider clinched a deal for 2011 and ’12 last weekend before he embarked on the long trip to the Far East for this weekend’s Japanese Grand Prix at the Twin Ring Motegi.
The Belgian-based team are expected to announce Redding’s new deal on Thursday on the eve of the Japanese race, which starts a flyaway triple-header with Sepang and Phillip Island following in quick succession.
Redding has impressed in his first Moto2 campaign and claimed his maiden podium in the searing heat at Indianapolis in late August.
The 17-year-old has qualified on the front row of the grid at the last three races and is currently 11th in the overall rankings with 47-points. He only signed with the Marc VDS Racing squad in late December having struggled to find a ride in the new 600cc class.
The reward for his impressive campaign is a new two-year deal to remain in Moto2.
Redding is likely to remain in Moto2 until the end of 2012 even though his Marc VDS Racing squad has already confirmed plans to switch to MotoGP when the new 1000cc four-stroke rules come into force in the same year.
Redding was recently involved in the horrific three-rider incident at Misano that left
Japanese rider Shoya Tomizawa with fatal injuries.
Redding remains the youngest rider in history ever to have won a Grand Prix when he triumphed in the British 125GP at Donington Park in his rookie year in 2008.