Author: Bike Social Sports Reporter Posted: 15 Sep 2014
Kevin Schwantz has tipped Scott Redding as one to watch in MotoGP for 2015 stating that the young Brit could be a podium threat on a factory-spec Honda.
The 1993 500cc World Champion says Redding has impressed this year aboard the uncompetitive production-spec Honda RCV1000R and reckons he could be a rider to take the challenge to Marc Marquez on the right machinery.
In a deal announced just last night, Redding will step up onto a factory-spec RC213V in 2015 with the MarcVDS Racing outfit, meaning he will compete on a motorcycle similar to, if not the same as the one ridden by reigning World Champion Marc Marquez.
“Scott is doing a great job this year, he’s always one of the fastest guys on the customer Honda and often in front of the likes of Aoyama and Hayden before he went out through injury” said Schwantz, speaking exclusively to Bike Social. “He’s knocking on the door of some good results and even banging bars with Crutchlow on the factory Ducati. If he continues to work on things he will go far, especially when everything gets a bit closer together in 2016 and the rules are more fair.”
“Sometimes you think is it worth it to run around hoping you can get a top twelve finish but Scott’s doing a great job. On a factory Honda next year Scott could be a podium threat, even as big as he is! I think sometimes being a little bit taller can help you be more in control of the bike. I don’t know if much more can be done with a factory Honda than what Marc Marquez does with one but if there’s anybody out there that could potentially surprise us it’s Scott.”