Scott Redding has his sights set on Nicky Hayden for the honour of top Honda Open class rider as he prepares to make his much anticipated MotoGP World Championship debut with Gresini.

The British rider steps up to the premier class with the GO&FUN-sponsored team as one of four riders aboard Honda's much vaunted RCV1000R production-based racer in 2014

However with the machine struggled for pace against the Yamaha-supported NGM Forward bikes of Aleix Espargaro and Colin Edwards, Redding maintains that he will be setting his sights on being the top Honda Open class rider come race day.

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In particular, the 2013 Moto2 runner-up is looking to beat Nicky Hayden on the M7 Drive Aspar machine, as well as Hiroshi Aoyama and Karel Abraham.

"Racing in MotoGP is the dream of every rider, so Sunday in Qatar promises to be very special indeed. When I line up on the grid for the first time I expect to feel a little nervous, but I'm also curious to see what we can do at the start of this new adventure.

"Our goal right now is to finish as the top Honda in the Open category, which means trying to beat Nicky Hayden - not an easy task given the difference in experience between the two of us. I still have many things to learn; about the tyres, about the electronics and about actually racing a MotoGP bike over 22 laps.

"I like the Losail circuit and I enjoy racing at night, it's a pretty unique experience. It's also cool to know that my very first MotoGP race will also be my 100th Grand Prix appearance. I couldn't have planned that any better if I'd tried!"