Scott Christopher Redding

4th January 1993 (aged 26)

Quedgeley, Gloucestershire, UK

Rimini, Italy

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Redding started racing Minimotos in 2001, winning the 2004 FAB-Racing Metrakit 50cc British MiniGP championship and then switching to the 80cc Metrakit "Calypso Cup" in 2005 in Spain where he won all six rounds of the series. In 2006, he tested for the Red Bull sponsored MotoGP academy Cup and was immediately offered a ride but endured a mixed season with only one podium finish at the last round in Jerez.

 

For 2007 he signed for Team Blusens Aprilia riding in the Spanish CEV 125cc Championship finishing second overall to Stefan Bradl by just eight points, taking a second place at round four and winning at the final three rounds.

 

Scott remained with Team Blusens Aprilia for the 125cc Grand Prix World Championship in 2008. He made a sensational start at the opening round in Qatar by becoming the youngest ever rider in the 125cc class to qualify on the front row of the grid, aged just 15. He went on to take fifth place in the race setting the lap record for the 125cc class in the process and was also on the front row in Spain. On 22 June 2008, Redding became the youngest ever Grand Prix winner at the time, aged 15 years and 170 days, when he won the 2008 British 125cc Grand Prix at Donington Park in only his eighth GP. He became the first British rider ever to win a British round of any Grand Prix class since the British Motorcycle Grand Prix moved to the mainland in 1977. Redding also won Rookie of the Year for being the highest placed new rider, finishing the season in 11th overall.

 

2009 saw another season with the factory-backed Team Blusens Aprilia but Redding had a difficult season, suffering from mechanical issues and handling difficulties. The highlight was he got on the podium at the 2009 British Grand Prix to take his second career podium.

 

For 2010, Scott signed with new team Marc VDS Racing Team in the Moto2 GP class, mainly due to having grown too big to continue competing in the 125cc class. He struggled at the beginning of the season, but improved to finish fourth in the British Grand Prix at Silverstone and became the youngest rider ever to score a podium finish in the Moto2 class by finishing third in Indianapolis.

“This is a very exciting venture for me with a very competitive bike and the most successful team in BSB so I’m here to show what I can do. BSB is at such a high level, I want to prove I’m capable of winning.”

-  SCOTT REDDING

Remaining with Marc VDS Racing Team in Moto2 for 2011, Redding finished the season in 15th place with 63 points, with a best result of fifth place, obtained on three occasions at Silverstone, Indianapolis and Misano. 2012 saw an improvement when he finished in fifth position with 165 points with four podium finishes, all third places.

 

Riding again for Marc VDS in 2013, Scott finished a close second in the championship after a season-long battle against Pol Espargaró. During the season, he scored three victories, three second places, a third place, and three pole-positions. With three races left in the season he held a lead of 10 points over Espargaró but crashed during qualifying in Australia, fracturing his wrist and could not participate in the race. In the following Japanese Grand Prix, Redding collided with Tito Rabat who had crashed in front of him. The race was red-flagged and restarted without an injured Redding meaning it took him out of contention for the title, which Espargaró won by winning the race.

 

A move to the blue-riband MotoGP class beckoned for 2014 with Gresini Racing on a

Honda RCV1000R. Scott was consistent over the year, finishing every race except in America and his best result was a seventh-place finish at both Qatar and at Phillip Island. He finished 12th in the championship, scoring 81 points. He was also runner-up in the ‘Open’ class behind Aleix Espargaró.

 

In 2015 Redding remained in MotoGP, re-joining his former team Marc VDS and riding a factory-specification Honda RC213V. At the San Marino Grand Prix, Redding achieved his maiden MotoGP podium with a third-place finish and impressed at Silverstone with a top six placing. He finished 13th overall with 84 points.

 

Scott joined Pramac Racing for the 2016 MotoGP season aboard a Ducati Desmosedici whereby he took another podium at Assen on his way to 15th in the series scoring 74 points. With the same team and an updated Ducati, things started well for Scott who scored points in six out of the opening seven races in 2017. The season tailed off, but he did post a fine eighth at the British GP to end up in 14th overall with 64 points.

 

A move back to the Gresini team aboard an Aprilia in 2018 saw Redding not have the best of years with his best result of 11th coming in the very final round at Valencia by which time he knew his services were no longer required by the team so following discussions with Paul Bird, he signed to race for Be Wiser Ducati in BSB for 2019.

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