Former MotoGP star Scott Redding has signed with BMW Motorrad Motorsport for the WorldSBK 2022 season, departing Aruba.it Ducati after two years.
Redding will join current BMW rider Michael van der Mark in the factory squad next season with ‘talks currently underway’ between the Munich based operation and Tom Sykes regarding the fellow Brit’s contract extension, albeit within a satellite team.
BMW Motorrad Motorsport Director, Marc Bongers, welcomed Redding to the German team stating; “We are convinced that Scott, with his fighting spirit and absolute will to win, is the perfect new addition for the BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team and another reinforcement for our entire WorldSBK project.”
Following five years in MotoGP, a successful 2019 outing in BSB in which he claimed the title, and two seasons challenging Jonathan Rea in the World Superbike Championship - his debut rewarding him with 5 wins, 14 podiums,1 pole position and the runner-up’s spot in the title fight - a determined Redding is eager to hit the ground running with the BMW M 1000 RR in 2022.
“We are very pleased to welcome Scott to our WorldSBK family,” Bongers continued.
“In the last years, he has proven to make a great transition from GP through BSB into WorldSBK, to become one of the strongest riders in the field. We are looking forward to a strong collaboration.”
“We have been following Scott’s career for a number of years and are delighted that he will now become a part of our team,” Shaun Muir, Team Principal BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team added.
“His successes speak for themselves and it is great that he will bring his skills and his experience to the BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team in the future. With getting him on board, BMW Motorrad Motorsport once more underlines the huge importance of the WorldSBK project and the aim of establishing themselves at the very top.”
With Redding departing the Aruba.it squad at the end of the 2021 contest, Alvaro Bautista is widely expected to announce his return to the Ducati fold in the coming days.