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Redding eyeing Rookie of the Year prize

Redding eyeing Rookie of the Year prize

The latest British addition to the 125cc grid, Scott Redding, has earned his chance to shine on the world stage courtesy of some phenomenal performances in the Spanish national championship.

The latest British addition to the 125cc grid, Blusens Aprilia Junior rider Scott Redding has earned his chance to shine on the world stage courtesy of some phenomenal performances in the Spanish national championship, and is hoping to continue his form in the tough surroundings of the Grand Prix scene with the Rookie of the Year award in his crosshairs.

The Gloucestershire youngster turned 15 on 4th January, and was not originally scheduled to make the move to join fellow British teenagers Bradley Smith and Danny Webb in 125cc class quite so soon, as he explained to motogp.com.

"I originally expected to be offered another season with BQR Blusens (the same team with which he will compete next year, albeit under a different name) in the CEV Buckler, in addition to a few wild card Grand Prix rides. I was really pleased to be offered a full season in the World Championship instead!" said Redding.

"There were offers from other teams, but I was getting on so well with my team that it seemed best to stay with the people I know for a move to Grand Prix racing."

Like the aforementioned Messrs. Smith and Webb, the 125cc rookie received his first big break with incorporation into the ranks of the Red Bull MotoGP Academy. Mentored by the likes of Alberto Puig and Raul Jara, Redding attributes some of his finer qualities to his time in the scheme.

"The MotoGP Academy taught me the importance of keeping physically fit - although I've always been quite good at that - to always be prepared to learn from others, and to give feedback to the technicians. Although at first it's sometimes difficult to explain things, you just have to learn. I realised also that a rider has to have a good team to work with in order to succeed," he explained.

Although his first ride alongside the rest of the 125cc competitors will come at the end of the month, for Redding work has already begun in earnest as he looks to get in the best shape possible to take on the challenge.

"My first ride on the bike will be 24th January at Jerez, but I'm going out well before that to do some physical training and perhaps some supermoto riding. I don't know exactly what bike I'm getting, except that it will be an Aprilia like in the CEV. I'm pretty sure that it will be a kitted 2007 model."

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125cc, 2008

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