British rider Scott Redding makes the jump to MotoGP for 2014 and will also headline the 2014 Thundersprint.
There have been many star riders at the Thundersprint but none burning so brightly as 20 year old Scott Redding who was the youngest rider to ever win a Grand Prix aged just 15 years and 170 days.
For the 2014 season, Scott is riding a Honda RCV1000R for the renowned “Go&Fun” Gresini Honda team. Scott said: “I am disappointed not to be Moto 2 World Champion this year but you need everything to go perfectly right to win at the highest level.
“Now, I am looking forward to riding in MotoGP, which is the toughest championship in motorcycle racing. I don’t expect to be World Champion in my first year – that would be an impossible dream – but I do want to be the best non-factory rider.
“I have great team around me, and a top class bike in the Honda RCV1000R, and I feel that I am ready for the challenge.”
Scott spends his working life riding at the best tracks, and against the hardest riders, in the world so what’s the attraction of the Thundersprint?
“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.
“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 said: “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.”