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Scott Christopher Redding born 4 January 1993 in Quedgeley, Gloucester, is a British professional Grand Prix motorcycle racer in MotoGP for Pramac Racing. He is the youngest rider in Grand Prix motorcycle racing to win a race. He is also the youngest rider contest both 50 and 100 Grand Prixs.
Redding started racing Mini Motos in 2001, winning the 50cc British MiniGP championship, then switching to the 80cc Metrakit "Calypso Cup" in 2005 in Spain, where he won all six rounds of the series.
In 2006 he tested for the MotoGP academy cup and was immediately offered a ride. However he had a mixed season with only one podium at the last round in Jerez.
For 2007 he signed for team BLU:sens Aprilia riding in the Spanish CEV 125cc championship finishing second overall by eight points, taking a second place at round four and winning at the final rounds of five, six and seven.
Redding entered the 125cc Grand Prix World with the team BLU:sens Aprilia. Redding made a sensational start at the opening round of Qatar, by being the youngest ever rider in the 125cc class to qualify on the front row of the grid, in fourth place. He went on to take fifth place in the race setting the lap record for the 125cc class. He was also on the front row in Spain.
On 22 June 2008 Redding became the youngest ever Grand Prix winner, aged 15 years and 170 days, when he won the 2008 British 125cc Grand Prix at Donington Park. Redding took the lead with six laps remaining after pressuring Andrea Iannone into pushing too hard and going off at Craner Curves. Redding held off Frenchman Mike Di Meglio and Spaniard Marc Márquez to win in only his eighth 125cc outing. He became the first British winner of a 125cc race since Chas Mortimer won the 1975 Spanish Grand Prix and the first British winner of a British motorcycle Grand Prix in the 125cc class since 1973, when Tommy Robb won at the 1973 Isle of Man TT, which was then the British round of the world championship. He is also the first British rider ever to win a British round of any Grand Prix class since the British motorcycle Grand Prix moved to Donington Park in 1987. In the first ever two wheeled race at the famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway in America, Redding secured 4th place, having been in that position when it started to rain due to Hurricane Ike and Red Flag brought the race to a premature end.
Redding also won Rookie of the Year for being the highest placed new rider, finishing the season in eleventh overall.
For the 2009 125cc Grand Prix season Redding rode a factory Aprilia machinery and remained with team BLU:sens Aprilia Team.
Redding had a difficult season, suffering from mechanical issues and handling difficulties. He got on the podium at the 2009 British Grand Prix, his second career podium.
Redding signed with new team Marc VDS Racing Team in the Moto2 600cc class for 2010, having grown too big to continue competing in the 125cc class. He struggled in the pre-season tests and he struggled at the beginning of the season, but improved to finish fourth in the British Grand Prix at Silverstone and became the youngest rider ever to score a podium finish in the 250cc/Moto2 class by finishing third in Indianapolis. Unfortunately, at the San Marino Grand Prix in Misano, Redding was involved in an accident which resulted in the death of Japanese rider Shoya Tomizawa. After Tomizawa fell from his bike on the twelfth lap of the race, he was immediately hit by Redding and Alex de Angelis, who were unable to avoid him. Redding received ten stitches for a back laceration but escaped major injury.
Redding finished the season in 15th place with 63 points, with a best result of fifth place, obtained on three occasions: at Silverstone, Indianapolis and Misano.
Redding finished in fifth position with 165 points, with four podium finishes, all third places.
Riding again for Marc VDS, Redding finished a close second in the championship after a season long battle against Pol Espargaró. During the season, Redding obtained three victories, three second places, a third place, and three pole positions. With three races left in the season he held a lead of 10 points over Espargaró; however, Redding crashed during qualifying in Australia, fracturing his wrist and could not participate in the race. In the following Japanese Grand Prix, Redding collided with the motorcycle of Esteve Rabat who had crashed in front of him in the second turn of the race. The race was red flagged and restarted without an injured Redding; this second incident took him out of contention for the title, which Espargaró won by winning the race.
MotoGP 2014 – present
Redding switched to MotoGP with the GO & FUN Gresini team on a Honda RCV1000R production racer. He was consistent over the year, finishing every race except in Austin. His best two results were seventh place finishes at Qatar and Phillip Island, Australia. He finished 12th in the championship, scoring 81 points. He was also runner up in the "Open" class.
Marc VDS Racing Team
Redding re-joining the Marc VDS Racing Team on a factory specification Honda RC213V. At San Marino, Redding achieved his maiden MotoGP podium with a third place finish despite crashing early in the race. With Bradley Smith finishing second, the duo became the first pair of British riders to finish on a premier class podium since Barry Sheene and Tom Herron did so at the Venezuelan Grand Prix in 1979.
Redding joined the Pramac Racing Ducati Team, for the 2016 season with team mate Danilo Petrucci.
Redding’s best results were a third at Assen, Netherlands, fourth in Sachsenring, Germany and sixth at COTA, Austin, Texas, USA. He scored 74 points, retired three times and finished 15th in the Championship.
In this season Scott struggled somewhat, he only managed a best finish of two seventh places, two eights and two elevenths. Scott was disappointed not to get better results, saying the bike let him down. He retired three times, scoring 64 points finishing 14th in the Championship.
After two years with Octo Pramac Racing Team, Redding will ride the Aprilia RS-GP with Aprilia Racing Team Gresini.
Scott Redding has been a supportive role model and has supported young rising stars from minimotos, setting up the Scott Redding Academy 2012 to Moto3 in the British Superbikes championship.
- Roland Potter