Scott Redding insists he won't become distracted by MotoGP speculation and is maintaining his focus on the second half of this year's Moto2 World Championship.
During the summer break, Redding completed a successful two day MotoGP debut with Ducati in Italy and he is hoping for a deal with his Marc VDS team to ride a Desmosedici in MotoGP next year.
“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. I'm aware of the gossip that goes on but don't pay much attention to it until something actually happen,” said Redding, who is fifth in the Moto2 standings with three podiums this year heading into this weekend's Indianapolis round.
"So once this opportunity [to test the Ducati] came about, it's certainly been interesting to know that Ducati are interested in me which is important for my career.
“They said there could be another test although I don't get involved too much in the contracts side of things - I just want to concentrate on my racing although if I see Valentino or Nicky in the paddock I must just drop the elbow on them and then say 'Ciao'!”
Fellow Englishman and Moto2 rider Bradley Smith will make his MotoGP debut for the Tech 3 Yamaha team shortly after the season-ending Valencia Grand Prix at the beginning of November.
Moto2 title leader Marc Marquez is also confirmed for MotoGP next year, having signed to replace the retiring Casey Stoner at the Repsol Honda team.