Redding coy about step up to MotoGP

Moto2 star Scott Redding is excited about rumours he will step up to MotoGP next season, although the British rider insists he remains focused on the current campaign.


Redding has been linked to a ride on a Ducati in the top class for 2013 but, while he is flattered by the speculation, he only has thoughts of giving his all for the Marc VDS Racing Team in the Moto2 championship for the moment.

"When I’m away racing I just want to focus on this year and so I don’t worry about what might happen next year," the 19-year-old said.

"I’m aware of the gossip that goes on but don’t pay much attention to it until something actually happens."

He added: "Once this opportunity came about it’s certainly been interesting to know that Ducati are interested in me which is important for my career."

Redding, fifth in the championship and aiming for a podium finish at the Indianapolis Grand Prix in America at the weekend, completed a two-day MotoGP test with Ducati in Italy during the summer break.

"I had no idea what was going to happen but I was going down the pit lane with the limiter on thinking 'I’m on a MotoGP bike and I’ve no idea what to expect'. It was a real eye-opener," Redding said of his run-out.

"I opened it up full bore and thought 'well, it’s not that quick' but realised about the anti-wheelie and traction control systems.

"The first time I came down the home straight and went from fifth to sixth gear and had the throttle completely wide open, that’s when you realise how fast it really is. It’s like sitting on a live rocket ship!

"They said there could be another test although I don’t get involved too much in the contract side of things - I just want to concentrate on my racing, although if I see Valentino (Rossi) or Nicky (Hayden) in the paddock I must just drop the elbow on them and then say 'Ciao'!"

Rossi has announced he will return to the factory Yamaha team next season after only one year with Ducati while Hayden has signed a deal for a fifth season with the Italian marque.

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