MotoGP’s worst-kept secret – the latest in a very, very long line of badly-kept secrets – is finally out. As had been widely reported, Gresini Honda finally confirmed that they have signed a two-year deal with Scott Redding to race in MotoGP.

Redding will race the now-named Honda RCV1000R production racer for the 2014 season, with the plan being that Redding will move up to ride the factory RC213V at Gresini the following year.

The deal sees Redding placed in Gresini with strong support from HRC. Redding’s main mission in his first season will be to learn to use the Bridgestone tires and acclimatize in the premier class on the Honda RCV1000R, before moving up to the factory bike in the Gresini team to start challenging for podiums and perhaps even wins.

Due to Redding’s strong backing from HRC, the current Moto2 championship leader has avoided the fate of Alvaro Bautista of being a Nissin and Showa test rider, and will race with the industry standard Brembo and Öhlins.

With Redding confiirmed at Gresini, attention now shifts to the NGM Forward team, and their wealth of choices of who to place on the Yamahas they will be racing in 2014. News on that front is unlikely to come at Silverstone, those decisions perhaps being moved forward to Misano.

Source: Gresini Honda

This article was originally published on MotoMatters, and is republished here on Asphalt & Rubber with permission by the author.

  • TexusTim

    good choice for the production bike, his success on the bike will help drive sales and confidence it can be competitve.

  • smiler

    Interesting to see how quick this bike is. Logic would say 7th, 8th, 9th 10th place quick.

    If the Gresini factory bike, really is a factory bike, then it would be great to see Redding stuffing pol yet again.

  • L2C

    Based on nothing but a hunch, I bet Honda’s production racer will be a 3rd and 4th place machine. Why would they settle for anything less? Their satellite factory machines already have the capability of winning races, given the right rider and setup.

    So I don’t expect their production racer to be a slouch. Especially considering that it’s supposed to be competitive with Yamaha’s machines and satellite team. And it has to be because Pol will be riding for Tech 3 next year.

    Do you really think that Honda is going to drop the ball on Redding’s rookie season in the premiere class?

    Redding has my vote. Espargaro, too. May the best man win the championship this year.

  • Gutterslob

    That’s an awesome image. Thanks to Scott Jones for sharing.

  • L2C

    There should be more night races.