With the news that Scott Redding will partner Chaz Davies at the ARUBA.IT Racing – Ducati outfit in 2020, look back at his illustrious career.
Scott Redding’s much-anticipated arrival in the MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship will see the former MotoGP™ 125cc and Moto2™ World Championship race winner return to the world stage. With a big personality and a wealthy of experience coming into the WorldSBK championship, and at just the tender age of 26, Redding has much to prove and show coming back into world-level competition.
Starting racing at a young age, Scott Redding began racing in the CoolFab Racing championship, now certified as an official Road to MotoGP™. From there, Redding progressed to the Spanish 125cc championships in 2006, taking a podium in the final race of the year at Jerez. A year later, he was a championship challenger and took three wins, four podiums and two pole positions on his way second overall in the standings – missing out by eight points to Stefan Bradl.
Both would move into the MotoGP™ paddock the following season, in the 125cc World Championship. Redding, aboard his Blusens Aprilia started the season with a fifth and a seventh in Qatar and Spain, but it would be at the British Grand Prix at Donington Park where he would achieve his first win. Redding’s incredible victory would be the youngest win ever in the MotoGP™ paddock until Can Öncü in Valencia last year. The young British rider finished 11th at the end of the season. In 2009, Redding remained with the same team but couldn’t repeat his achievements of 2008, finishing 15th in the championship.
2010 started slowly in the Moto2™ class on the Marc VDS Suter, with just five points coming from the first four Grand Prix. A then-best result of fourth at Silverstone showed his potential and a first podium in the class came at Indianapolis, with third. Redding amassed one more podium at Phillip Island to finish eighth overall. 2011 saw Redding struggle and he wouldn’t achieve a podium, although 2012 saw him come out fighting. Five podiums and a best result of second at Silverstone demonstrated that Scott Redding was a force to be reckoned with.
2013 was the year which would see Redding’s big championship assault. He started the season with two second-places and a pole position, before taking back-to-back wins at Le Mans and Mugello. Three more podiums followed, with a win at Silverstone in front of the biggest crowd the track has seen since Silverstone returned to the calendar firing him up for the rest of the year. However, it was not to be as an injury sustained at Phillip Island gave the championship to Pol Espargaro. He would end up second, behind the Spaniard.
Redding would progress to the MotoGP™ class with the Gresini Honda team in the Open Class the following season, scoring points in 16 out of the 18 Grand Prix, with seven top tens and a best of seventh on two occasions: Losail and Phillip Island. He finished in 12th overall. In 2015, he moved to the new Marc VDS Honda outfit and whilst initially struggling, results picked up. He finished as top British rider in that season’s British Grand Prix before a crazy San Marino Grand Prix saw him take a first premier class podium.
2016 brought a new challenge with Ducati and the Pramac team, with two top-tens from the first three races. He led the Dutch Grand Prix before finishing third, whilst he was fourth in mixed conditions at the Sachsenring. Redding finished 14th in the standings. Remaining with the team in 2017, the British rider took four top tens with a best of seventh. Redding left the team at the end of the season and joined the Gresini Aprilia outfit for 2018, where he would finish that chapter of his career.
2019 has seen Redding return to his roots in the UK, riding for former World Superbike race-winning team Paul Bird Motorsport Ducati in the British Superbikes series. Taking to track he’s never raced at like a duck to water, Redding has been a prominent championship leader. With just one year in the class, he will seek to make an emphatic WorldSBK debut in 2020. Will he challenge for the championship?