27 November 2014
Scott Redding is one of the upcoming stars on the MotoGP scene. In terms of his height, the Brit born in Gloucester on 4 January 1993 is already one of the biggest in the business at 184 centimetres. Redding's greatest success to date is coming second in the 2013 world championship in the Moto2 class; the second-highest race class in the motorcycle world championship.
Following his success in the Moto2 world championship, Redding switched to MotoGP, the premier class. In this class, as part of the Gresini team and supported by Castrol, the Brit is at the handlebars of a Honda RCV1000R in the Open category. Compared with the works motorcycles, Honda's production racer is at a clear disadvantage. The Open regulations dictate this with regard to the costs. But this isn't a problem for someone like Scott Redding.
The season finale (9 November in Valencia) is still to come, but one thing is already certain; Redding's rookie season in the premier class has been exceptionally strong. In the 17 races so far, the tall Brit has seen the chequered flag 16 times, 15 of which he finished in the points. His best results are two seventh places, which he got on his Gresini Honda powered by Castrol Power1 right on his debut at Doha (Qatar) and again a few weeks ago at Phillip Island (Australia).
Thanks to his consistency, with one race to go this season Redding is in twelfth place in the overall standings, directly behind his experienced team-mate Alvaro Bautista, who rides a works Honda RC213V in the Gresini team. With his 75 world championship points so far, Redding is the best placed of the four Open Honda riders – despite being a rookie. However, those in the know are not surprised by this achievement, after all the Brit has a meteoric rise behind him.
When Redding got his first Grand Prix victory in the lowest class of the motorcycle world championship at Donington Park on 22 June 2008, back then in the 125cc category, this was only his eighth start at world championship level. What's more: with his victory at his home race, the tall teenager became the youngest winner in the history of the motorcycle world championship.
When he lifted the winner's trophy in front of his home audience, Redding was just 15 years and 170 days old. One of the riders that he outpaced in Donington was Marc Marquez, who has since been MotoGP world champion twice and is now one of the top superstars on the scene. Scott Redding is on the verge of being able to give Marquez a run for his money once again, this time in the premier class.