Scott Redding has signed a new contract to remain in the Moto2 World Championship for the next two years.
The 17-year-old Englishman is staying at the Marc VDS team, which he joined this season for the first year of the new 600cc Moto2 class.
After a steady start to the year Redding, winner of the 2008 British 125GP, took his first Moto2 podium at Indianapolis and has qualified on the front row at the last three races - despite the trauma of being involved in Shoya Tomizawa's fatal accident at Misano.
Redding starts this weekend's Japanese round eleventh in the championship on his Suter motorcycle.
Marc VDS is also 'assisting' Suter in the development of its BMW-powered 1000cc MotoGP project for 2012.
The team says it is 'looking closely' at a move to MotoGP and - despite the Suter link - will 'explore leasing options' before deciding on which machine to run.
At present, the intention is for Redding to remain in the Moto2 team for both years of his new contract.
"I'm happy to have signed a deal with the Marc VDS Racing Team that will keep me in the Moto2 World Championship for the next two years," Redding confirmed. "The team are one of the best in the paddock and I really feel at home here.
"Under the guidance of Michael Bartholemy and Pete Benson I feel I've really progressed as a rider and it was the team spirit that really helped me come to terns with the aftermath of Misano.
"Marc van der Straten has shown a lot of faith in me by agreeing a two-year deal and I hope I can repay his confidence with race wins and, ultimately, the Moto2 World Championship title in the future."
"Scott has matured a lot as a rider this season and we're now starting to see him realise his true potential," added team manager Michael Bartholemy. "The third place in Indianapolis was only the start and he has every chance of taking his first race win in the Moto2 class before the end of the season. Next year we will be looking to improve his consistency, to transform him into a real title contender."
"I have no doubt that Scott has what it takes to be World Champion and I hope that he can achieve this over the next two years with the Marc VDS Racing Team," stated team president Marc van der Straten.