Scott Redding finished last weekend’s Silverstone MotoGP in tenth place on an underpowered Open class Honda RCV, but put himself one-step closer to a two-year deal on a factory machine in the same spec that Marc Marquez rode to the top step of the podium.
Redding’s personal manager Michael Bartholemy told Bike Social that the deal is close and that the RCV would be the exact same specification as the one ridden by current MotoGP Championship leader Marquez. That means Brembo brakes and Ohlins suspension rather than the Showa and Nissin package Redding currently uses on the Open-class Gresini bike.
Unfortunately for the Brit, some politics and an estimated budget issue of 6 million Euros to run the team and lease the bike from Honda currently stand in the way. Ducati are also showing interest in last year’s Moto2 vice champion, and are looking to place him with the satellite Pramac squad in 2015.
HRC (Honda Racing Corporation) has issued Redding’s current Gresini team with a deadline of the Misano MotoGP, in nine days’ time, to confirm that the want to lease the last remaining factory bike for Redding.
If, as looks increasingly likely, Gresini don’t take up the offer, the Moto2 leading MarcVDS squad (which Bartholemy also manages) will run the bike with Redding on it, provided they can find the funds.
Bartholemy told Bike Social: “We are desperate to give Scott the best bike to challenge at the front and we are speaking to everyone we know to try and make that happen. We don't have much time because if Gresini say no to HRC at Misano then we have to be in a position to assure them. Ducati are also pushing for an answer".
MarcVDS are currently lying first and second in the Moto2 World Championship with Tito Rabat and Mika Kallio respectively but would be keen to step up to MotoGP if the deal lands and the right backing can be found. Redding is also no stranger to the squad, having spent three very successful seasons with the Belgian-based outfit in Moto2.
The deal on the table is a two-year lease for Redding to ride the factory-spec bike in 2015 and 2016. A third year-option could see Redding move up to replace Dani Pedrosa in the premier factory Repsol Honda Team.
That would make way for MarcVDS’ newest recruit into Moto2 2015 - Alex Marquez – who could then step up to MotoGP should Redding switch to Repsol Honda in 2017.
MarcVDS boss Marc Van der Straten has been instrumental in Redding's development and is held in very high regard by the 21-year old from Gloucestershire.
Van der Straten has already agreed to commit a large proportion of the required budget, leaving Bartholemy to find the remainder from existing and future sponsors.
Many, including Honda and Marc Marquez himself, think Redding is the man who could take the fight to the world champion on the right bike.
The young duo had a number of fierce battles in the 125 and Moto2 classes, especially memorable was a last corner overtake by Redding at the British round in 2012.
When Redding signed for the Go & Fun Gresini team this time last year, his path was supposed to be easier with the team moving him onto his team mate, Alvaro Bautista's, factory-spec RC213V for 2015.
If Gresini fail to meet the HRC deadline, it is expected that they will end up running the official Aprilia team next season although runours also suggest this may not now be likely.
For any serious enquiries to sponsor Redding email us at: Michael.Mann@bikesocial.co.uk and we'll be sure to pass your details to Bartholemy.