Marc VDS Racing's Scott Redding says he expects to be in a position to mount a serious challenge for the Moto2 crown in 2013.
Redding is entering his fourth season in the class and although he is still chasing his maiden victory, the British rider enjoyed his best year in Moto2 in 2012, finishing on the podium four times.
And the 20-year-old has described the season ahead as a “critical” one for his career.
“My main goal for 2013 is to really fight for the championship,” said Redding in an official team video interview.
“In Moto2 this is my fourth year, and I feel like I should be at the top of my game now, I just turned 20 the beginning of this month, so this year for me is really critical and I want to make everything go absolutely perfect.
“My 2012 season went really well and I think it was a number of things really.
“The chassis was a real big one, also getting to know the team more, everyone working together really well, all the little things came together, which made 2012 my best season yet,” he added.
“I had a couple of highlights in the 2012 season. One was Silverstone with the battle with [Marc] Márquez. We had also in Phillip Island a good race there.
“At a number of races we had some good highlights through the whole weekend and this is what made it a good season for me.”
Redding feels achieving the breakthrough to earn his first Moto2 victory will be tough, but the Kalex rider is focused on scaling the top step for the first time in 2013.
“The podium situation with me…I got the first podiums, but just struggling to get that first win.
“I think the first one's always the hardest. Going into the 2013 season I want to go as soon as I can to the top step.
“The Moto2 championship is very high level for me really, and I think this year it's going to be between Pol Espargaró, Tom Lüthi, myself, and maybe a couple of the newcomers, but I think the main battle's going to be between me and Espargaró and Lüthi for the whole season.”
The Gloucestershire rider was linked to a MotoGP ride with Ducati following a successful test on a factory GP12 at Mugello last summer, but lost out as Ben Spies and Andrea Iannone joined the satellite Pramac outfit.
"Testing a Ducati in Mugello in 2012 was a good idea to do, so I knew how the bikes were, the power, and everything,” said Redding.
“Lap times were pretty good, but like I say I missed out a little bit for this year to go on a MotoGP bike, but I think all the things were in line to stay where I am.”