Grand Prix winner Scott Redding will make his much-anticipated move to the Bennetts British Superbike Championship in 2019 after signing for multiple British Championship winning team Be Wiser Ducati.
25-year-old Redding is a four-time Grand Prix winner who has raced in the elite MotoGP class for the past five seasons, claiming two podiums during that time. He is also a twice a winner of the British Grand Prix; once a 125 Aprilia in 2008 at Donington Park, where he still remains the youngest rider to win a GP aged 15 years and 170 days, and again in 2013 at Silverstone aboard a Kalex in the Moto2 World Championship, where the Gloucestershire rider was denied the title due to injury.
Redding teams up with Paul Bird Motorsport (PBM) once again, the pair resurrecting a partnership which saw team boss ‘Birdy’ back Redding in various junior championships at the start of his career which started in mini motos in 2001.
Redding will have the very latest, brand-new, factory-backed Be Wiser Ducati V4 at his disposal with full support from Ducati Corse for whom he has raced previously.
Redding said: “It’s fantastic to be coming to BSB, it’s a championship I’ve never raced in and learning the circuits is very much part of the challenge which I’m looking forward to. This is very exciting for me with a very competitive bike and the most successful team and I’m here to show what I can do.
“We will make the right preparations and I’m delighted the first round will be at Silverstone where I have great memories. MotoGP is tough and without the correct packages, it’s hard to win but BSB is at such a high level, I want to prove I’m capable of winning. It’s also a new experience and very important that I can race in front of my loyal fans in the UK more regularly.”
Paul Bird, Team Owner: “Scott and I go back a long way and I’m delighted to continue our relationship in this latest chapter of his career. He’s a quality rider, as is anyone who can win at Grand Prix and we are confident he will be a title fighter in BSB aboard the Be Wiser Ducati next season.
“A lot of people have worked hard to put this deal together so thanks to them and thanks also to our outgoing riders Shakey and Glenn. They have done a great job for us over the years, but it was time to call it a day with them and I wish them well in future.”
The Be Wiser Ducati team are expected to announce their second rider in the coming weeks.