2014 MotoGP rookie Scott Redding will appear at this year's Thundersprint motorcycle festival.

"I have ridden at the Thundersprint twice before and I honestly loved every minute of it. GP racing is a serious business - very serious indeed. My mind is entirely focussed on winning and I really do miss the chance to mix with the fans," said the Honda Gresini rider, who finished runner-up in last year's Moto2 World Championship.

"The Thundersprint is a giant two-day party for anyone who loves bikes and, best of all, I've got the time to talk to fans, have photographs and be with them socially. In fact, all the things I love doing but can't at a GP.

"Darley Moor looks like a great little track so I'm going to have a play about on a Honda Fireblade and just have a good time. I can't wait until May."

Thundersprint organiser Frank Melling added: "We have been friends with Scott for a long time now and there's no rider we would rather have join with us.

"Not only is he an incredible rider but he's also a lovely person so everyone is certain to have a good time.

"Like Scott, the Thundersprint in May can't come soon enough for us."

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