Scott Redding

Scott Redding

At just 23 years of age, Gloucestershire’s Scott Redding remains one of the UK’s brightest hopes in the motorcycling’s premier class.

For 2016, the record breaking Bennetts-backed star switches from Honda to Ducati power in what will be his third season as a MotoGP racer.

Having stepped on the MotoGP podium for the first time at Misano last year, Redding is looking to translate his strong initial winter test performances on the rapid Italian machine into consistently strong race results throughout the season.

Despite his youth, Redding is a relative veteran, already having eight years of world championship experience and four Grand Prix wins under his belt.

The 2014 Moto2 runner-up started racing in the British Minimoto Championship at just eight years old and collected multiple titles between 2001 and 2003, before switching to the Metrakit MiniGP series. He stayed in the series in 2004 and claimed the title in his first full MiniGP season. The success was swiftly replicated the following year on his debut in the Spanish Calypso Cup 80cc series, where he won all six races.

MotoGP Academy, Spain

Scott’s Spanish victories led to one of the biggest opportunities in his career to date when he was picked up by the Red Bull MotoGP Academy project in 2006, to race in the CEV Buckler 125GP championship in Spain. He finished his debut season in the series known as the ‘Cradle of Champions’ in ninth overall, attracting the interest of BQR BlusensAprilia, who snapped him up for the following three seasons. After his first season with the team, Redding was rewarded for winning the last three races of 2007 with the opportunity to compete in the world championships in 2008.

2008 British GP victory

It was an opportunity he grabbed with both hands and, in his trademark style of full gas, Redding stormed to his first ever GP victory in front of a delighted home crowd at Donington Park, adding his name to the record books in the process. Aged just 15 years and 170 days, Redding took the record of youngest rider of all-time to win a Grand Prix race from Marco Melandri who had held it since winning at Assen in 1998. The victory also made him the first British rider to win a race in the 125cc class since Chas Mortimer at the Spanish GP at Jarama in 1973, and the first British rider to win a GP in any class since Jeremy McWilliams won the 250cc race at Assen in 2001. It’s a record that will remain in the history books now that the minimum age for participation has been raised to 16.

Rookie of the year

Having already established himself as a star of the future, Scott was named 2008 125cc Rookie of the Year, finishing 11th overall and earning himself a factory bike for 2009. Despite the upgraded machinery, the teenager’s second season with BlusensAprilia in the World 125GP Championship was more difficult.

The following season saw Scott move into Moto2 with the highly-organised Marc VDS team from Belgium. It was a challenging debut season and one marred by tragedy following Scott’s unavoidable involvement in a racing incident that claimed the life of Japan’s Shoya Tomizawa at Misano. Despite the difficulties, which could have led to a crisis in confidence for a lesser rider, Redding made a remarkable comeback and finished the year eighth overall, with two admirable podiums under his belt.

Moto2 successes

Universal praise for the teenager’s strength of character and ability to adapt quickly to a new race series followed from fans and pundits. But, it was a debut season that was difficult to follow, with Scott experiencing a tough 2011 that saw him struggling with set-up and grip, leading to inconsistent performances on track. However, a switch from the Suter to Kalex chassis for 2012 saw the Brit back to his best, taking four podium finishes on his way to fifth in the final standings.

With new minimum weight regulations reducing the power-to-weight deficit Scott found himself facing in previous seasons, 2013 proved to be a real coming of age for Redding and his MarcVDS squad. Never lower than fifth in the first seven races, including back-to-back wins at Le Mans and Mugello, Redding was well on track to become Britain’s first Grand Prix world champion since Barry Sheene in 1977 when disaster struck.

Having taken a memorable home Grand Prix victory at Silverstone in September, Redding held a 38 point advantage over main rival Pol Espargaro with six races remaining. However a qualifying accident at Philip Island saw him miss the Australian round with a broken wrist and despite bravely racing in Japan the following weekend, he was to lose the championship lead after being wiped out in an opening lap crash.

Move to MotoGP

After ending the year second in the standings, Scott was able to make his dream move to MotoGP with Honda and the Go & Fun team run by veteran racer and team manager Fausto Gresini for 2014. Racing a second-tier Honda RCV1000R machine, Scott regularly proved a thorn in the side of riders mounted on more powerful ‘factory’ bikes. With a best result of seventh in the opening round at Qatar and a final championship standing of 12th overall, the Brit was easily the top RCV1000R mounted rider and earned a coveted ride on board one of only four Honda RC213V factory machines in 2015.

Reunited with his beloved MarcVDS team from the Moto2 days, Redding failed to fully gel with the tiny works Honda. There were highlights in an otherwise disappointing year though. His third place at Misano was one of the most heroic rides of the season, achieved despite falling and remounting in the tricky wet conditions, but overall he was to drop one place in the overall championship standings, ending the year 13th overall.

With Scott’s talent never in doubt, the Ducati have finally got their man and signed the Brit to race for their Octo-backed satellite squad. The Italian factory have been big fans of Redding ever since he tested their Desmosedici at Mugello in 2012 and, judging by initial testing performances, the Brit looks well at home on his new machine.

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Career History




MotoGP World Championship

MotoGP World Championship

Moto2 World Championship

13th overall

12th overall

2nd overall  


Moto2 World Championship

5th overall


Moto2 World Championship

15th overall


Moto2 World Championship

8th overall


World 125GP Championship

15th overall


World 125GP Championship

11th overall


CEV Buckler 125cc Championship 

2nd overall


CEV Buckler 125cc Championship

9th overall 

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