Scott Redding unsure of Ducati MotoGP future

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Scott Redding remains in the dark about whether an encouraging MotoGP debut on a factory Ducati GP12 at Mugello earlier this month will secure the British teenager the chance to take on Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi in 2013.

Redding completed a successful two-day test for Ducati recently with a view to the Gloucestershire rider stepping up from the Moto2 world championship next season.

Redding has been linked with a new Ducati ‘junior’ team aimed at nurturing and developing young future talent next season. And his current Marc VDS Racing Moto2 squad have been negotiating with Ducati management about the prospect of running the two-rider ‘junior’ team with Redding and Andrea Iannone linked to the ride.

Ducati management have also been in talks with its current Pramac squad about operating the ‘junior team’, which will feature factory supported GP13 machinery.

Redding set an unofficial best time of 1.49.8 at the two-day test and the experience of riding a 250bhp 1000cc machine has only convinced him even more that his immediate future lies in MotoGP.

But there has been no contact between Ducati and Redding’s management since the test, throwing into doubt whether the youngest rider in history ever to win a Grand Prix will secure one of four GP13 machines on next year’s grid.

Redding’s Marc VDS Racing team boss Michael Bartholemy is also his personal manager and he told MCN: “The test was a big success for Scott and he showed that he is capable of being competitive in MotoGP. But we are basically waiting for Ducati.

“We have shown them what we can offer and we are very keen to be involved with them in 2013, but as yet we have not had any proposal back from them for next year.

“I sent an e-mail to different Ducati management after the test thanking them for giving the opportunity to test Scott and that we were happy to have more talks about how we might work together in the future. But I never even got a reply.

“For this moment we are not sure what is happening with Scott and Ducati, so maybe we can get some more information on the situation in Indianapolis this weekend.”

Matthew Birt

By Matthew Birt