David Tardozzi is confident Scott Redding can be competing for "fifth to tenth" places aboard a Pramac Ducati from the first race of 2016, while stating we are yet to understand the scale of the Englishman's potential.

It was announced Redding would switch from the Marc VDS Honda squad to Pramac Ducati for his third year in the premier class at Silverstone and Tardozzi is convinced Redding can give the Italian factory "a really good satisfaction".

Tardozzi, who is currently in charge of that marque's organisation and logistics, also confirmed to Crash.net that Redding will compete aboard a machine that is "not so far from the Factory guys in 2016".

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"We think that Scott is underperforming this year," he said. "Obviously we don't know exactly the reason, the technical reason, whether there is a lack of technical support. We don't know what is happening in his garage. We still trust that he is a fast rider and that we will try to help him perform as we think he can.

"We think that he can race immediately next year from the beginning. He needs to get experience, to grow up and show what is his real potential. So far I think nobody knows his real potential. He can be immediately from fifth to tenth while we expect that during the season he will grow up even more. You never know what can happen.

"He's a guy that still has to be discovered as a rider. We will try to support him in the proper way and we'll see."

Redding opted to leave the Marc VDS squad after what had been a trying second year in the class, where he placed inside the top ten just twice before his home grand prix.

The prospect of signing a one year contract with an option for a second season with the factory was enough to lure him away from HRC. The fact his contract is with the Italian factory, Tardozzi believes, is an indicator that Redding will receive strong equipment in 2016.

"It will be a good machine because he is under a Ducati contract. He is in Pramac but he will have Ducati contract. We must support our rider. We don't hire riders to put on the side.

"We still don't know what the 'Factory' guy's machine will be. There are still a few decisions that need to be decided from Gigi. For sure he will have a bike that is not so far from the 'Factory' guys. Honestly now I don't know. He will have the maximum that we can give him because, again, he will be under the Ducati contract. Why hire a young guy and put him in a corner?

"I think that he has a nice riding style. The information we have heard from our riders. In almost a year you see things on television or you're hear things. We think that he can give us a good satisfaction."