News 15 Aug 2017

Aprilia signs Redding for 2018 MotoGP World Championship

British rider to depart Pramac Racing at conclusion of 2017.

Source: Supplied.

Aprilia Racing has revealed its signing of British rider Scott Redding for the 2018 MotoGP World Championship, which will see him pilot the RS-GP alongside team regular Aleix Espargaro.

Redding, who’s currently under contract with Octo Pramac Racing Ducati outfit, will replace the departing Sam Lowes for next year in what will be a squad with high potential in the prestigious series.

Team manager Romano Albesiano said he believes Redding will bring Aprilia even closer to the top of championship, and paired with Espargaro, he’s adamant they can make further developments with the premier class Aprilia machine.

“Scott is a rider, who in spite of his young age, has significant experience in MotoGP,” said Albesiano. “We are pleased to have him join our project and we think that his talent and the continued growth of the RS-GP will allow the team and him to achieving important results.

“Our bike has grown consistently, race after race. The goal to battle stably in the top 10 has been more than achieved. And while further steps in technical development are on their way already this season, with this agreement with Scott, we are preparing for next season.

“Aprilia will be at the starting line with a pair of quality riders that have interesting potential. Aleix is demonstrating more and more that he is a high quality rider and a guarantee for the team. With Scott’s contribution, we expect that the team’s work will bring Aprilia even closer to the top of the championship, into the positions that such a glorious brand deserves to occupy.”

Redding, who’s the youngest rider to ever win a grand prix, currently sits 15th in the championship standings as the series heads to Silverstone, Great Britain, on 27 August.