Moto2 title leader Scott Redding has been officially confirmed as stepping up to MotoGP next season, riding for the Gresini team after completing a two-year deal.

The 20-year-old will ride the new Honda Production Racer - a privateer version of the RC213V prototype, featuring steel rather than pneumatic valves and a conventional rather than seamless-shift gearbox.

As dictated by the 2014 privateer rules, the bike must also be fitted with the full control ECU system, but is eligible for extra fuel and engine changes relative to the factory bikes.

Redding said: "I am looking forward to the challenge of MotoGP next season. I'll be racing alongside the best riders in the world, aboard the brand-new Honda production racer, so I know already how steep a learning curve it's going to be.

"This was why it was so important to me that I made this step with an experienced team, and there are few more experienced in the MotoGP paddock than Team Go&Fun Honda Gresini.

"My focus for now is on winning the Moto2 World Championship for Marc van der Straten, without whose support over the past four years I wouldn't even have been given this opportunity to move up to the premier class."

Gresini currently runs Alvaro Bautista on a factory RC213V, with Australian rookie Bryan Staring piloting the team's FTR-Honda CRT machine. Redding will take over Staring's place alongside Bautista next season.

Team boss Fausto Gresini said: "I'm delighted to be able to work with a young talent like Scott Redding.

"We have signed a two-year contract together, with the clear aim of building an ambitious project that should see him develop and be taken to the pinnacle of MotoGP.

"Scott has already shown that he has a lot of quality, so we are proud to welcome him into our team. We cannot wait to begin working with him; his riding style is great to watch, as is his approach to racing."

Redding became the youngest rider of all-time to win a grand prix, with victory in his rookie 2008 season in front of his home British fans in the 125cc class at Donington Park, at the age of just 15 years and 170 days.

But the Englishman was then made to wait until 2013, his fourth season in the Moto2 category, all spent with Marc VDS, to stand on the top step of the podium again.

Redding has won twice so far this year and finished on the podium in six of the ten rounds to hold a 21-point advantage over fellow Kalex rider Pol Espargaro heading into the Silverstone event.

Espargaro has already been confirmed in MotoGP with Tech 3 Yamaha next season.

Gresini is the first team to officially announce that it will use the new Honda Production Racer. Cardion AB is also in advanced talks to run the bike for Karel Abraham.


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