SCOTT REDDING // BIOGRAPHY + STATS
Scott Redding follows in the footsteps of countryman and fellow MotoGP Academy graduate Bradley Smith in showcasing his talents on the world stage, having enjoyed success on a national level in his homeland of Britain and Spain. The teenager began racing in the British Minimoto Championship in 2001 aged just eight years old.
A switch to Metrakit bikes saw him win the MiniGP British Championship in 2004, an achievement followed up by victory of all six rounds of the Spanish Calypso Cup 80cc series. Picked up by the Red Bull MotoGP Academy project in 2006, Scott cut his teeth in 125cc racing with participation in the CEV Buckler 125GP series in Spain, finishing seventh overall and attracting the interest of BQR Blusens Aprilia. His sophomore year in the Spanish Championship saw him taking second place after winning the last three races of 2007, leading to the team giving him the opportunity to ply his trade in the World Championship in 2008.
Scott made history in June 2008 in front of a delighted Donington crowd as he became the youngest rider of all-time to win a Grand Prix race (aged 15 years and 170 days), taking the record from Marco Melandri who had held it since winning at Assen in 1998. The victory also made him the first British rider to win in the 125cc class since Chas Mortimer at the Spanish GP at the Jarama in 1973 and the first British rider to win a GP in any class since Jeremy McWilliams won the 250cc race at Assen in 2001.
Scott was the 2008 125cc Rookie of the Year, finishing 11th overall and earning himself a factory bike for 2009 as he continued with the Blusens Aprilia team through a difficult season.
2010 saw him riding for the Marc VDS Team in Moto2. It was a challenging season, though he made great progress – particularly in the latter half of the year, and also in spite of the tragic events in the Misano race that could have crushed a lesser rider. His comeback was remarkable and he finished the year 8th in the overall championship standings with two admirable podiums under his belt and pretty much universal praise from fans and pundits alike for his racing skills and adaption to the new formula – and also his astonishing strength of character.
2011 was supposed to be the breakthrough year for Scott, the year when everything came together and he battled for the championship title. Unfortunately, it didn’t work out that way, as problems with the 2011 Suter chassis effectively ended his championship challenge before it had even begun.
After racking up four podium finishes on his way to fifth in the championship in 2012, in 2013 Scott enjoyed his best season in Moto2, triumphing in the Grand Prix of France, Italy and Great Britain and fighting to the end for the title with Spaniard Pol Espargarò.
His championship campaign that year was enough to secure him a ride in MotoGP for the following season, during which he finished as the top production Honda rider.
For 2015 Scott returned to Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS, where he rode a factory specification Honda RC213V in the premier MotoGP class.
In 2016 he moved to the Octo Pramac Racing squad, where he also remained for the 2017 MotoGP season. 2018 sees him move to Aprilia.
Date of Birth: 4 January 1993
Place of Birth: Quedgeley, United Kingdom
Home Town: Zurich, Switzerland
Marital Status: Single
Favourite Food: Pasta
Minimoto race in 2001 age 8
MiniGP race in 2004 age 11
Calypso Cup 80cc age 12
GP125 age 13
Minimoto age 8
MiniGP age 11
Calypso Cup 80cc age 12
GP125 MRO age 13
Interests/Hobbies: MX, Enduro, MTB, Snowboarding