Author: Bike Social Sports Reporter Posted: 15 Sep 2014
Scott Redding has said he’s looking forward to heading back to the Marc VDS team next year as the Belgian outfit steps up to the premier class to field a factory-spec Honda especially for the British rider.
Having impressed this year aboard the production Honda RCV1000R, Redding soon became favourite to take over the fourth RC213V for the 2015 season (with the other three assigned to Marc Marquez, Dani Pedrosa and Cal Crutchlow). However with his current team, Gresini Racing, unable to find the €7 million needed to run the bike, Redding’s former Moto2 outfit stepped up to the plate in a move that the 21-year-old reckons is better for him.
“This is what we’ve been working for all year, it’s not in the Gresini team anymore it’s now with Marc VDS but this is better for me as I feel most welcome there” said Redding, speaking to exclusively to Bike Social. “When I left VDS last year I said I’d not be gone forever and I’m really looking forward to going back. I can’t thank Marc [van der Straten] and Michael [Bartholemy] enough for putting all of this together for me, they’ve both worked so hard for this and it means a lot to me so I’ll be doing everything I can to get them the best results possible next year.
“I prefer the Marc VDS team because they do things differently and I like it that way. With them everything seemed really homely and we gelled so well and that’s what you need when you’re in a team fighting for great results. It hasn’t been decided who will be working on the bike yet as we’re looking to get the best team possible. Ideally we want to get someone who has been with Honda already so we’ve got some experience behind us, we need to be on the ball right away not playing catch up.”
Redding’s deal covers the next two seasons, meaning MarcVDS will run the youngster in MotoGP until the end of 2016 when the four major factory contracts at Honda and Yamaha are up for renewal. Should Redding achieve stong results on the RC213V over the next two years he will undoubtedly put himself in contention for a full-blown factory ride.
“I’ve signed a two year deal with the team which is good, they have the bike for three years but we’ll see what happens. Of course it would be good if I can eventually step up to the full factory bike but we’ll have to get the best results we possibly can to get there, only time will tell.”
One concern Redding had about riding a factory-spec Honda for Gresini was that the Italian outfit run Nissin brakes and Showa suspension on their bikes, rather than the Brembo and Ohlins used by the other Honda teams. At MarcVDS Redding’s bike will be as similar to the one ridden by World Champion Marc Marquez as possible.
“The bike will be fully kitted out with Brembo brakes and Ohlins suspension which is great, we’re going to have a really competitive bike capable of top five results. It’s going to be pretty much the same bike Marquez has got, he might get some upgrades before me but the bike will be very competitive so hopefully we’ll be able to fight towards the podium.”
It’s not clear when Redding will first get his chance to ride the factory bike, although he’s says he’s hoping the Marc VDS Honda will be ready for him to ride in the post-season test at Valencia.