Scott Redding moves to Pramac Ducati
British MotoGP rider Scott Redding, currently with Marc VDS Racing, will move to Italian racing team Pramac Ducati following the 2015 season, it was announced on Sunday.
British MotoGP rider Scott Redding, currently with Marc VDS Racing, will move to Italian racing team Pramac Ducati following the conclusion of the 2015 season, it was announced on Sunday.
22-year-old Redding rode in the recently concluded British MotoGP at Silverstone this past weekend, his home race. He was the highest-ranked home racer at the circuit with a 6th place finish. The rain-hit race saw 6-time world champion Valentino Rossi of Movistar Yamaha MotoGP take victory following a challenge from reigning double world champion Marc Marquez of Repsol Honda.
However, with 9 laps to go in the race, Marquez crashed out, leaving Rossi clear to take victory. The Italian’s Yamaha teammate Jorge Lorenzo, who was looking for his 6th victory of the season, lost significant pace during the race to finish it in 4th.
Octo Pramac racing driver Danilo Petrucci won his career-first podium at the British MotoGP, racing an incredibly tight line and in fighting view of the podium after Marquez’s crash. He was followed closely by Ducati driver Andrea Dovizioso, who won his own career-first podium this year at his own home race, the Italian MotoGP.
"We approached him last year but then his team decided to move to MotoGP and it was not possible..(to move then),” said Ducati Corse sporting director Paolo Ciabatti. He added that the team had re-entered discussions with Redding around the Czech Grand Prix at Brno, and it was then that the decision was taken.
Redding is also the youngest ever Grand Prix motorcycle race winner of all time, setting that record at the 2008 British 125cc Grand Prix at Donington Park, which he won at the age of 15 years and 170 days.