Motegi MotoGP: Scott Redding confirms new two-year deal

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Scott Redding has confirmed signing a new two-year Moto2 deal with the Marc VDS Racing squad today, as was first reported by MCN earlier this week.

The 17-year-old’s new deal was confirmed at a cold and wet Twin Ring Motegi circuit today, setting for this weekend’s Japanese Grand Prix.

Redding claimed his first podium of the season last month in Indianapolis and has qualified on the front row of the grid in each of the previous three races on board a Suter MMX machine.

The new deal, which was signed by Team President Marc van der Straten on Monday, will see Redding spearhead the Marc VDS Racing Team's assault on the Moto2 World Championship in both 2011 and 2012.

The Gloucestershire rider said:  “I'm happy to have signed a deal with the Marc VDS Racing Team that will keep me in the Moto2 World Championship for the next two years. The team are one of the best in the paddock and I really feel at home here.

"Under the guidance of Michael Bartholemy and Pete Benson I feel I've really progressed as a rider and it was the team spirit that really helped me come to terns with the aftermath of Misano.

"Marc van der Straten has shown a lot of faith in me by agreeing a two-year deal and I hope I can repay his confidence with race wins and, ultimately, the Moto2 World Championship title in the future."

Marc VDS Racing boss Michael Bartholemy said the target for 2011 would be to see Redding emerge as a consistent podium contender to bolster his hopes of challenging for the title.

The former factory Kawasaki boss said: “Scott has matured a lot as a rider this season and we're now starting to see him realise his true potential.

"The third place in Indianapolis was only the start and he has every chance of taking his first race win in the Moto2 class before the end of the season. Next year we will be looking to improve his consistency, to transform him into a real title contender.

"Working with Scott has, for me personally, been an enjoyable experience this season and I'm definitely looking forward to continuing the close working relationship with him over the next two years."

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Matthew Birt

By Matthew Birt